A new study published in the Lancet has found that hospital infections are causing more deaths than the US is paying for.
The study, led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, used data from a nationwide survey that asked participants whether they had ever been hospitalized, been hospitalized for an emergency, or were admitted to a hospital with an infection.
The CDC said in a statement that the findings were “the first of their kind in the history of the study.”
It said that because the survey was conducted in 2016, it is possible that there were more people hospitalized in the year 2016 than in previous years.
More people have died in hospital emergency departments since the survey began in 1996, according to the study, which was funded by the CDC.
The authors of the new study, including an epidemiologist from the CDC, said they looked at data on both emergency and non-emergency hospitalizations, as well as the number of hospitalizations and deaths.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty,” said lead author Dr. Anushka Chatterjee.
“What’s really important is to look at how people are dying and how they’re being treated, so that we can understand how to reduce the number.”
The CDC study used data on deaths in the United States from 2000 to 2020.
The researchers found that while emergency departments had the most deaths among all hospital facilities, they had a very low rate of infection.
“The most significant factor is that we were able to find no significant differences in infections between the emergency and the non-urgent groups,” Chatterjay said.
“We also found no significant difference in deaths.”
The researchers also found that people who were admitted for an ER visit were much more likely to die than people who had been admitted to the hospital for an unrelated condition.
“Our results suggest that hospital infection rates are substantially higher in emergency rooms than in non-hospital settings,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“This suggests that hospitalization for emergency-related infections is a leading cause of mortality among elderly people.”
Researchers have long known that the mortality rate of emergency departments is much higher than the rate of hospital stays, and that people in emergency departments are at higher risk of dying than people in hospitals.
In the new analysis, they found that the risk of death in emergency-like facilities is three times higher than that of hospitals, but there was no difference between emergency and hospital settings.
The new study is a result of the CDC’s Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology, which is the lead agency for measuring the number and severity of infections in the US.
Chatterjamjee said they are now looking to other research to determine if other factors are also contributing to the high death rates in emergency department settings.
She said she thinks it is important to keep in mind that people are getting better, that there are improvements being made, and there is a lot we can do to reduce hospital mortality rates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.