Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Annual cost of HAIs in the US = $10 billion
A new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine aims to give us an update on the impact of healthcare associated infections in the US. Given all the focus on HAIs, particularly with the rollout of value based purchasing, this is an important study. The investigators performed a systematic review, which included papers that were published this year, to determine attributable cost estimates, used NHSN data for incidence estimates, then performed Monte Carlo simulation. Total cost of the 5 major infections (CLABSI, CAUTI, VAP, SSI and C. difficile) was estimated to be $9.8 billion per year. The table below shows the breakdown by infection type.
Eli may want to comment on the methodology of the study and the validity of the results, but I suspect these numbers will be cited frequently.