Healthcare acquired infections cost billions of dollars in added expenses to the healthcare system each year. (1) With the healthcare industry’s movement towards value-based care, healthcare CFOs are taking a closer look at their organizations’ infection rates to identify opportunities for prevention.
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The Center for Disease Control estimates that on any given day, 1 in 31 hospital patients has a HAI, or healthcare-associated infection. (1) Up to 70 percent of these infections could be prevented if health care workers followed recommended protocols, including hand hygiene. (2)