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Beckers Healthcare provides insight into several key findings related to the frequency and cost of hospital-acquired infections. The scale of HAI is immense:  

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.

Here are the sobering stats on the financial impact for hospitals: 

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 non-medical social costs of HAIs are estimated at around $96 billion to $147 billion annually, including loss of work, legal costs and other patient factors.

Broken down per patient, the costs are equally staggering: 

The excess costs of HAIs increase substantially among patients who also contract MRSA. For instance, a patient with an SSI and MRSA costs the hospital roughly $42,000 more than a patient without an HAI, and a patient with comorbid CLABSI and MRSA costs $58,500 extra.

It can cost $42,000 to $58,500 per patient for every hospital acquired infection! With both a significant patient care and financial impact, it’s imperative that hospitals invest in strategies and solutions to reduce HAI. 

Chief Financial & Strategy Officers should be asking themselves, “How many lives can we save, and how much money can we save by making an investment in HAI-fighting solutions?”

Consider the following solutions:

  • Clorox Healthcare provides healthcare facilities a wide range of solutions to help prevent and stop the spread of infections and create cleaner, healthier environments. This includes new technologies like the Clorox Total 360 System and the Optimum-UV Enlight System; these advanced disinfection devices safeguard patient environments. 
  • R-Water is proving “Greener can be Cleaner” with their revolutionary TK-60 disinfecting solution. The solution is created onsite from a combination of salt & water, and out performs chemical disinfectants. “We have adopted R-Water because it addresses the need for disinfection and cleaning, while reducing chemical exposure to our patients and the environment,” said Gary Loftin, Director of Integrated Facilities Management for Cuero Health.
  • Scientific Air Management’s patented, lab-certified portable air filtration system is a UVC innovation that treats the air, reducing airborne pathogens and making it less likely to spread germs. 
  • SwipeSense is a user-friendly hand-hygiene compliance platform. When deployed at MacNeal Hospital in Chicago,  “hand hygiene compliance in the areas using SwipeSense were 194 percent higher than in the areas not using the system.” (see Healthcare Purchasing News for more insight)  
  • Telemetry HC is a solutions company combining people, technology and science to combat HAI through a cleaner, safer environment. Ideal for organizations looking to bring creativity and new capabilities to an Environmental Services team.

Researching and finding the right solutions takes time and diligence, but doing so can create a significant financial benefit for your healthcare organization. OpenMarkets simplifies this for health systems and ambulatory care centers. 

When you’re ready to evaluate new solutions to combating HAI, use OpenMarkets to help research your options and connect with the companies above and more. You’ll save time lining up the right solution working on OpenMarkets, ultimately positioning your health system to save live and money but reducing HAI. 

Tom Derrick

Tom leads a range of core functions for OpenMarkets, including strategic partnerships and marketing. Prior to OpenMarkets, Tom served as a senior communications director for... More about Tom Derrick