Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) cost hospitals between $28 billion and $45 billion each year. A report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that IP efforts by hospitals can reduce ICU costs by between $163,000 and $175,000 per patient for two of the most common HAIs (CLABSI & VAP). Considering most HAIs are believed to be preventable, establishing an arsenal of IP solutions that save your organization money while ensuring the highest standards of patient safety is necessary in today’s healthcare environment.
“With the current economic environment of hospitals comprising of cost-cutting measures coupled with a focus on quality, it is important to know that investments in infection prevention pay off in terms of decreased HAIs and improved economic outcomes,” says study author and Director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing Patricia Stone.
So which IP system provides the right bang for your buck? Studies show EVS teams should be equipped with the best UVC system on the market. A study published in the American Journal on Infection Control showed that even a 20% reduction in C.diff cases as a result of RD-UVC could save the average hospital $1.365M annually in healthcare costs.
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