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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections


The Impact of Hospital-Acquired Bloodstream Infections

Richard P. WenzelComments to Author  and Michael B. Edmond
Author affiliations: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA

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Table 1

Deaths and death rates in the United States, 1997 (1)

No. of deaths Crude death rate
Cause of death (thousands) (per 100,000) % of all deaths
Heart disease 725.8 271.2 31.4
Malignancies 537.4 200.8 23.2
Cerebrovascular disease 159.9 59.7 6.9
Pneumonia and influenza 88.4 33.0 3.8
Septicemia 22.6 8.4 0.97

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