Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are the fourth leading cause of death in the USA. About 1.8 million patients suffer annually from care-related infections. HAIs cause 99,000 deaths every year in the US alone, at a cost of $3.1 billion dollars in excess healthcare costs in acute care hospitals. Besides HAIs kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer and auto accidents combined.
It is estimated that 271 people died each day from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. Which is equivalent to one airline crash per day.