• Institutional failure to prevent contamination
• Potential legal costs from plaintiff bar
• Bacterial exposure to staff and visitors
• Damaged institutional reputation: AHA started reporting infection rates in 2010
• Damaged public perception
• Increased direct costs: Medicare & 3rd party payers have stopped covering healthcare associated infection expenses
• Preventable fatalities
• Contamination control
• Avoid legal expense and risk
• Reduce exposure to staff and visitors
• Marketing leverage over competitors
• Avoidance of liable medical expenses
• Reduction in staff absenteeism
• Reduction in cleaning time and costs
• Reduction in unpleasant facility odor
Based on records of infection reporting and treatment, the most common infection in nursing facilities are UTI’s, urinary tract infections.
Influenza and pneumonia combined add up to the sixth leading cause of death in America — 90% of these in senior adults.
Doubling in prevalence since 2000, Clostridium difficile infections (CDI, C-diff) are responsible for a disproportion number of deaths in patients over 65.
Depending on the virulence of the strain, each year between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans will die from conditions relating to influenza - and 90% of those deaths are in patients over 65.