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
Volume3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1982

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Costs and Cost Analysis
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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, 3(2), 143-149.

High cost nosocomial infections. / Pinner, R. W.; Haley, R. W.; Blumenstein, B. A.; Schaberg, D. R.; Von Allmen, S. D.; McGowan, J. E.

In: Infection Control, Vol. 3, No. 2, 03.1982, p. 143-149.

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Pinner, RW, Haley, RW, Blumenstein, BA, Schaberg, DR, Von Allmen, SD & McGowan, JE 1982, 'High cost nosocomial infections.', Infection Control, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 143-149.
Pinner RW, Haley RW, Blumenstein BA, Schaberg DR, Von Allmen SD, McGowan JE. High cost nosocomial infections. Infection Control. 1982 Mar;3(2):143-149.
Pinner, R. W. ; Haley, R. W. ; Blumenstein, B. A. ; Schaberg, D. R. ; Von Allmen, S. D. ; McGowan, J. E. / High cost nosocomial infections. In: Infection Control. 1982 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 143-149.
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