By Thomas Rosenthal

With the cost of health care–acquired infections (HAIs) reaching $10 billion annually for the entire U.S. health care system, one Florida hospital significantly reduced the incidence of two of the leading HAIs by switching to silver-plated antimicrobial nylon dressings.

When properly employed, the unique method of antimicrobial protection by silver-plated nylon dressings is effective at preventing the most prevalent and expensive HAIs—central line–associated