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“Nearly 1 in 5 waitlisted patients in Hawaii have infectious diseases, study shows”

By: Star-Advertiser Staff
Honolulu Star Advertiser

Nearly one in five waitlisted patients who remain hospitalized in Hawaii after the need for acute care ends suffers from an infectious disease, a new report shows.

The report by Hawaii Health Information Corp., which analyzes statewide health care data, found the most common disease among waitlisted patients was septicemia—a severe blood infection that can lead to organ failure or death, which costs hospitals $4.7 million annually.

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