Mathematical Modeling Estimates the Cost of MRSA Infections Associated With Hand Hygiene Noncompliance

Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, used mathematical modeling to simulate the financial effect on the hospital of a single episode of hand hygiene noncompliance. The study found that a 1.0% increase in hand hygiene compliance resulted in annual savings of $39,650 to a 200-bed hospital. Conclusions: Hand hygiene noncompliance is associated with significant attributable hospital costs. Minimal improvements in compliance lead to substantial savings.

Cummings, K. L., Anderson, D. J., & Kaye, K. S. (2010). Hand hygiene noncompliance and the cost of hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 13(4), 357–364.

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