Preventing Infections Make Hospitals More Profitable

The average ADDITIONAL hospital cost of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) is approximately $15,000 per patient with an estimated 2 million HAI’s each year totaling over $30.5 BILLION LOST.



Making your Health Care Facility

safe from Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) is a critical priority.

  Pathogen Positive Basin Positive Hospitals
Research #1   (1103 basins sampled) (88 Hospitals Participating)

A total of 1,103 basins were sampled from 88 different hospitals in 27 US states and 4 Canadian provinces looking for only select pathogens commonly associated with hospital acquired infections from bath basins. As shown in Table 1, 686 basins (62.2%) were contaminated with 1 or more study pathogens. Every hospital in the study tested positive with pathogens regardless of geographic location. Contaminated basins were found in ICU's, medical-surgical wards, and regular non-ICU wards.

Any Growth 686 (62.2%) 88 (100%)
Gram-Negative Bacilli 495 (44.9%) 86 (97.7%)
Methicillin-Susceptible s. aureus 4 (0.4%) 4 (4.5%)
MRSA 36 (3.3%) 28 (31.8%)
Vancomycin-Susceptible Enterococci 29 (2.7%) 14 (15.9%)
VRE 385 (34.9%) 80 (90.9%)
  Pathogen Positive Basin  
Research #2   (92 basins sampled)  

Three Acute Care Hospitals obtained sterile culture sponges from 92 hospital wash basins with some form of bacteria growing in 98% of the samples. The organisms with the highest positive rates of growth were Enterococci (54%) and gram-negative organisms (32%). This research looked for a broader band of pathogens as shown in Table 2.

Clinical infections caused by Enterococcus include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis and meningitis. Gram-negative organisms are extremely drug-resistant and they are increasingly cropping up in hospitals and they are nearly impossible to treat.

The CDC have identified 13 major site categories and 48 specific sites or types of infections for which criteria have been developed for Hospital Acquired Infections, beginning with the most frequently occurring sites of infections in hospitalized patients (urinary tract, surgical site, pneumonia and primary bloodstream infections), then progressing to other sites.

Any Growth 90 (98%)  
Gram-Negative Organisms 29 (32%)  
Escherichia coli 2 (2%)  
Pseudomonas aeruginosa 5 (5%)  
Staphylococcus aureus 21 (23%)  
Methicillin-resistent s. aureus 7 (8%)  
Enterococci 50 (54%)  
Vancomycin-resistent enterococci 12 (13%)  
Candida albicans 3 (3%)