The Cost of Healthcare Acquired Infections Infographic

Because healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) prolong patients’ length of stay and increase the costs of treatment, they place a great financial strain on healthcare organizations. More specifically, the direct medical cost of HAIs in U.S. hospitals is about $28.4 billion per year.

In this infographic, you’ll learn:

  • Statistics on the prevalence of HAIs in U.S. hospitals
  • The estimated cost per event for each of the most common HAIs

To download, fill out form below.

Healthcare Acquired Infections Infographic

Download the Infographic

Complete the form to instantly download.

Healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) are conditions that a patient develops while receiving treatment at a healthcare facility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 31 patients in U.S. hospital facilities have an HAI on any given day.

Common HAIs include catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and Clostridium difficile infections.

Certain factors raise a patient’s risk of contracting an HAI:

  • Invasive procedure
  • Severity of illness
  • Organizations not adhering to best practices for prevention
  • Overuse or improper use of antibiotics

HAIs are a serious patient safety issue; many are caused by the most serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can lead to sepsis or death. In fact, these infections are they the fourth leading cause of death behind heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Because HAIs prolong patients’ length of stay and increase the costs of treatment, they place a great financial strain on healthcare organizations; the cost of HAIs for the U.S. healthcare industry is at least $28.4 billion a year. Many healthcare organizations and practitioners may also suffer reputational damage because of HAIs associated with their facility.

Reduce Healthcare Acquired Infections, Increase Reimbursement Levels


Minimizing healthcare acquired infections, particularly within hospitals, is a key aspect of patient safety and infection control initiatives. This is especially true as the healthcare industry moves toward value-based care, where reductions in HAIs are becoming increasingly tied to reimbursement.

Studies have shown that healthcare organizations that provide a higher quality of care – represented by lower HAI rates – have better overall patient satisfaction scores. Higher quality scores lead to increased reimbursement levels for healthcare systems. As a result, reducing HAIs is a top priority for improving both patient and financial outcomes.

Achieve the Highest Quality Care in the Safest Possible Environment


Fortunately, many healthcare-associated infections are preventable. One of the best ways to reduce HAIs in healthcare settings is by implementing a reporting system to identify the root cause of HAIs and appropriate interventions to stop them from reoccurring. By establishing a process for reporting HAIs, healthcare organizations can:

Performance Health Partners places patients first and helps organizations drastically improve quality of care through our incident reporting systems. Streamlined reporting, real-time notifications and alerts, and smart analytics empower healthcare organizations to take a data-informed approach towards healthcare acquired infections control and prevention.

Ready to learn more? Request a demo with our team to see our software in action.