High cost nosocomial infections.

R. W. Pinner, R. W. Haley, B. A. Blumenstein, D. R. Schaberg, S. D. Von Allmen, J. E. McGowan

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The average charge per patient due to nosocomial infection for 215 nosocomial infections in 183 study patients was $693. These cost, however, were concentrated in very few patients; 5% of patients accounted for nearly one-third of total charges. The 10% of patients with highest nosocomial infection cost were patients on Medical or Surgical services; these services were utilized in 71% of patients with nosocomial infection and accounted for 86% of the attributable charges. Among the 22 most costly infections, 17 occurred in surgical wounds and lower respiratory tract. Although these sites accounted for 46% of the infections, they resulted in 77% of the total nosocomial infection charges. Patients with a primary diagnosis of injury had particularly costly infections. Combined analysis of these variables revealed two groups for whom nosocomial infections were especially costly: surgical patients who acquired wound infections after injuries, and medical patients with lower respiratory infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-149
Number of pages7
JournalInfection control : IC
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982


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Pinner, R. W., Haley, R. W., Blumenstein, B. A., Schaberg, D. R., Von Allmen, S. D., & McGowan, J. E. (1982). High cost nosocomial infections. Infection control : IC, 3(2), 143-149. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0195941700055922