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.￼