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In April 2021, The Journal of Patient Safety published Cost of Health Care–Associated Infections in the United States, a retrospective study analyzing data from the Agency for Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s 2016 National Inpatient Sample—the largest all-payer U.S. inpatient database.
The study analyzed data surrounding:
• Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
• Catheter- and line-associated blood stream infections
• Surgical site infections (SSIs)
• Ventilator-associated pneumonias
• Infection with Clostridioides difficile (C-diff, CDI)
According to its findings, the most common hospital-acquired infection (HAI) among admissions with primary HAI diagnosis was surgical site infections, at a cost of 3.7 billion USD. CDI and SSI accounted for 79% of the cost of HAI in the U.S.
The cost of hospital-acquired infections can be astronomical for hospitals. In its mission to support caregivers and protect patients, TIDI offers product solutions and clinical education to help prevent surgical site infections.
Cost of Health Care–Associated Infections in the United States, Forrester, Joseph D. MD, MSc; Maggio, Paul M. MD, MBA; Tennakoon, Lakshika MSc, MPh, Journal of Patient Safety: April 13, 2021