The importance of good data, analysis and interpretation for showing the economics of reducing healthcare-associated infection

Graves, Nicholas, Barnett, Adrian, Halton, Kate, Crnich, Christopher, Cooper, Ben, Beyersmann, Jan, Wolkewitz, Martin, Samore, Matthew, & Harbarth, Stephan (2011) The importance of good data, analysis and interpretation for showing the economics of reducing healthcare-associated infection. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 32(9), pp. 927-928.

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Abstract

To the Editor—In a recent review article in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Umscheid et al1 summarized published data on incidence rates of catheter-associated bloodstream infection (CABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), surgical site infection (SSI), and ventilator- associated pneumonia (VAP); estimated how many cases are preventable; and calculated the savings in hospital costs and lives that would result from preventing all preventable cases. Providing these estimates to policy makers, political leaders, and health officials helps to galvanize their support for infection prevention programs. Our concern is that important limitations of the published studies on which Umscheid and colleagues built their findings are incompletely addressed in this review. More attention needs to be drawn to the techniques applied to generate these estimates...

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ID Code: 75186
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: healthcare associated infection, economics, epidemiology, costing, nosocomial infection
ISSN: 1559-6834
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300) > Infectious Diseases (110309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Epidemiology (111706)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
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 2011 The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of
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Deposited On: 18 Aug 2014 23:52
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 23:09

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