Corporate Compliance

Many U.S. hospitals not preventing infections

Compliance Monitor, September 26, 2007

Eighty-seven percent of US hospitals do not have policies to prevent hospital-acquired infections, according to The Leapfrog Group's annual survey of 1,256 hospitals, which was released on September 10.

Hospital acquired infections can add more than $15,000 to a patient's bill, which adds up more than $30 billion a year on costs that could have been avoided. These examples show the percentage of hospitals surveyed that had full compliance with infection types or preventative practices.

  • Influenza: 30.7%
  • Surgical Site Infection: 32.3%
  • Central Venous Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection: 35.4%

"There are protocols that every hospital should have in place to prevent infections. Unfortunately, many hospitals are missing the mark and that spells trouble for everyone: the patient, the hospital and the health care system," said Jill Berger, Chair of the Leapfrog Group and Vice President, Health & Welfare for Marriott International, Inc.

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