How Hospital Acquired Infections Lead to Direct, Indirect and Unintended Hospital Costs

June 2, 2015
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Roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections occur annually in acute-care hospitals which result in tens of thousands of patient deaths and cost billions of dollars to the healthcare system.

"We have to get to the bottom of why it is that we keep having the number of drug-resistant healthcare-associated infections that are currently reported" Lynn White, MD, said during a webinar hosted by Becker's Hospital Review.

Dr. White is a practicing anesthesiologist in Colorado and the president of Patient Shield Concepts, a company dedicated to the prevention of infections, and the inventor of SuctionShield, a unique oral suction tip holster that helps eliminate contamination.

According to Dr. White, the estimated direct medical cost of HAIs is around $10 billion annually, not including cost-shifting to private payers. Including cost-shifting, HAIs may cost closer to between $35 billion and $45 billion for acute-care hospitals annually. The total direct, indirect and nonmedical social costs of HAIs are estimated at around $96 billion to $147 billion annually, including loss of work, legal costs and other patient factors.

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