Blood Infection Costliest U.S. Hospital Condition:
FRIDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Septicemia was the single
most expensive condition treated in U.S. hospitals in 2009, with a
cost of about $15.4 billion, according to a federal government
Septicemia is a life-threatening illness caused by blood
infections with bacteria such as E. coli and methicillin-resistant
staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
The analysis of national data also showed that the number of
hospital stays for septicemia more than doubled between 2000 and
2009, from 337,100 to 836,000 admissions. In 2009, septicemia was
the sixth most common primary cause of hospitalization in the
Complications from medical devices, implants or grafts were the
leading cause of these admissions, accounting for 20 percent of the
The report is published in the latest
News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and
In 2009, the in-hospital death rate for septicemia was 16
percent, more than eight times as high as for all other hospital
stays, according to an agency news release.
Elderly patients accounted for more than half of all patients
hospitalized for septicemia. Nearly 40 percent were 65 to 84, and
about 14 percent were 85 and older. Patients 45 to 64 represented
27 percent of cases; nearly 11 percent of patients were 18 to 44,
and only 1.6 percent were ages 1 to 17.
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