According to the story, the study authored by Doctors Ramanan Laxminarayan and Anup Malani found that in many cases the diseases could have been prevented had better infection control systems been in place.
Laxminarayan said: "Infections that are acquired during the course of a hospital stay cost the
The study focused on the two most serious diseases — sepsis and pneumonia — caused by these "superbugs," and concentrated on infections that were considered preventable, the story stated.
Malani said: "In some cases, relatively healthy people check into the hospital for routine surgery. They develop sepsis because of a lapse in infection control - and they can die."
The study was published in Archives of Internal Medicine, the story added.