It’s International Infection Prevention Week! I’m writing because too many people are unnecessarily suffering and dying from healthcare-associated infections. This week is an opportunity to underscore the urgency of the situation.

Some stats …

According to the CDC:

  • 1 in 25 patients experience an HAI
  • 75,000 hospital patients die each year from an HAI
  • The costs for hospital acquired conditions exceed $30 billion annually

We believe that many hospitals are underinvested in this area and that they should take steps to improve their infection screening approaches. Hospitals that are proactive have a good chance at seeing those efforts pay off.

One of the first steps hospitals can take is evaluating their IP screening needs. Regular readers will recognize my posts on Healthcare Purchasing News for useful tips and strategies for getting serious about infection prevention and screening. Just in case you are new to this blog, let’s review the factors influencing hospitals’ IP efforts …

  • Figuring how HAIs are unnecessarily raising your care costs
  • Determining whether your infection preventionists are able work at the top of their license
  • Considering infection control technologies to increase efficiency
  • Weighing the ROI of outsourcing infection data management to close resource gaps

At Q-Centrix, we believe that the market is transitioning into two segments: hospitals that recognize these issues … and those that are waiting for something bad to happen.

We work with lots of hospitals that have drastically reduced infections rates with significant cost-savings from reduced penalties. Unfortunately, there are still lots of facilities that are still at risk for bottom-quartile (aka: PENALTY) performance.

We can help facilities avoid this reality …

For example, check out this recent case study where a facility found a winning approach that included the ability to develop improvement plans from data, influence staff behavior on the floor, and foster a culture of clinical accountability. Within less than two years, the effort resulted in:

  • 45% reduction in CAUTI incidents
  • 73% reduction in CLABSI incidents
  • More than $1.2 million savings in penalties

As International Infection Prevention Week gets underway, there’s no better time to get serious about infection prevention. Everyone I meet with agrees: Even one HAI at any given facility is too many.

Let’s start fixing this trend together!