Quality Improvement and Infection Reduction Make Financial Sense, Study Says

Infection control and prevention programs are cost-effective for hospital finances, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study tracked operational costs of a regional infection control program in Canada against hospital-acquired infection rates over four years.

The standardized program reduced HAIs by 19 percent over the period of the study and saved approximately $8.5 million, with about 80 percent of these savings occurring during the last half of the program.

In contrast, the budget of the infection control program over the four-year period was approximately $6.4 million. 

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