Valuation of hospital bed-days released by infection control programs: a comparison of methods

Andrew J. Stewardson (Lead / Corresponding author), Stephan Harbarth, Nicholas Graves, TIMBER Study Group

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    Abstract

    We performed a contingent valuation survey to elicit the opportunity cost of bed-days consumed by healthcare-associated infections in 11 European hospitals. The opportunity cost of a bed-day was significantly lower than the accounting cost; median values were €72 and €929, respectively (P <.001). Accounting methods overestimate the opportunity cost of bed-days.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1294-1297
    Number of pages4
    JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology : the Official Journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America
    Volume35
    Issue number10
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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