Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) cause preventable patient suffering and death and are expensive (click to read The Hidden Costs of HAIs). They’re also risky for three strategic reasons that many hospital executives haven’t considered:
There’s a real domino effect with HAIs. There are direct costs (reimbursement and readmission penalties, HAC list penalties) as well as indirect costs (length of stay and operational throughput, staff time to put on PPE, employee health and absenteeism). There’s patient satisfaction and the patient experience. And those lead to strategic risks such as HCAHPS scores, malpractice risk and hospital reputation. Not to mention the patient suffering and deaths that may have been preventable. All in all, there’s a longer list of reasons to do everything possible to reduce HAIs than most hospital administrators probably realize.
If you’d like to explore how our system typically doubles hand hygiene performance rates and reduces HAIs by up to 75-80%, here’s a brief video about how it works. Or here’s a white paper on How the New Joint Commission Hand Hygiene Standards Could Impact Your Hospital.