Despite the advancement of modern medicine. Nosocomial (or healthcare acquired) infections are one of the few preventable problems still plaguing contemporary healthcare systems. Each year between 4 and 10 percent of all hospitalized patients acquire an infection. The acquisition of nosocomial infections results in a significant increase in healthcare expenditure. Alarmingly, Nis are now the eighth leading cause of death in the united states signifying a public health problem which has far reaching societal implications.
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