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Valuation of Hospital Bed-Days Released by Infection Control Programs: A Comparison of Methods

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2016

Andrew J. Stewardson
Affiliation:
Infection Control Program, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Stephan Harbarth
Affiliation:
Infection Control Program, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland
Nicholas Graves
Affiliation:
Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
on behalf of the TIMBER Study Group
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Members of the study group are listed at the end of the text
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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.

Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(10):1294–1297

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