Using economic data to reduce healthcare-acquired infection

Halton, Kate A. & Graves, Nicholas (2010) Using economic data to reduce healthcare-acquired infection. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1324), pp. 6-8.

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Abstract

In this issue Burns et al. report an estimate of the economic loss to Auckland City Hospital from cases of healthcare-associated bloodstream infection. They show that patients with infection stay longer in hospital and this must impose an opportunity cost because beds are blocked. Harder to measure costs fall on patients, their families and non-acute health services. Patients face some risk of dying from the infection.

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ID Code: 39408
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1175-8716
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2011 23:49
Last Modified: 31 May 2011 14:59

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