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Hospital-acquired infections continue to plague Americans

Despite some efforts to reduce infection risks at hospitals, hospital-acquired infections remain endemic:

1. Infections contracted in hospitals are the fourth largest killer in the U.S., causing as many deaths as car accidents, AIDS, and breast cancer combined.
2. The single most important way to reduce hospital infection is for doctors and other health care workers to clean their hands.
3. Hospital infections add almost $30 billion to the nation’s health care costs each year.
4. Many hospital infections are preventable.

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