Penn. study says hospital infection rates still high

A new study looks at infection rates at Pennsylvania hospitals. The Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council found that 11,600 patients contracted infections during their hospital stays last year. Nearly 1,800 died as a result, the group says. Pennsylvania is one of only six states in the nation to require that hospitals report infections. The cost containment council report estimates the annual cost of hospital acquired infections to be around $2 billion.

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