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Report Summary

Hospital executives, infection preventionists and healthcare epidemiologists are by now familiar with a number of givens relating to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs): HAIs are happening, HAIs cost money, and HAIs can be controlled and prevented. This report examines the costs associated with HAIs and explores the benefits of healthcare worker hand hygiene compliance monitoring.

Editor's Take

Despite knowing the heavy toll that HAIs take on human life and hospitals' bottom line, healthcare institutions have not followed or implemented guidelines that have shown significant impact on HAIs. Only one-third of U.S. hospitals are in full compliance with key guidelines to prevent HAIs, and only 40 percent of healthcare providers follow basic hand hygiene measures. In fact, some 70 percent of infections are preventable, resulting in a potential savings of between $25 billion to $31.5 billion for inpatient services. One intervention that can help address HAIs and their costs is hand hygiene, and ensuring compliance among all healthcare professionals, as part of a multi-modal approach to infection prevention and control.

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Review the economic burden of healthcare-associated infections
  • Explore the benefits of hand hygiene compliance monitoring
  • Discover tips for evaluating an automated hand hygiene monitoring system