Direct costs associated with a nosocomial outbreak of adenoviral conjunctivitis infection in a long-term care institution.


Piednoir, E; Bureau-Chalot, F; Merle, C; Gotzamanis, A; Wuibout, J; Bajolet, O; (2002) Direct costs associated with a nosocomial outbreak of adenoviral conjunctivitis infection in a long-term care institution. American journal of infection control, 30 (7). pp. 407-10. ISSN 0196-6553 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1067/mic.2002.125193

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In October 2000, 41 people were infected during an outbreak of adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis. Such nosocomial outbreaks are frequently reported in long-term care institutions, even though simple measures to prevent or limit such occurrences are well documented. This study describes the significant direct costs incurred as a result of this nosocomial outbreak that involved patients and staff. METHODS: The costs measured in this study were grouped into the following 4 categories: medical, investigative, preventive, and lost productivity. Information about costs incurred by the hospital was gathered from a number of sources. RESULTS: The outbreak cost the hospital US $29,527 ($1085 for medical costs, $8210 for investigative costs, $3048 for preventive measures, and $17,184 for lost productivity). CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates the substantial expense incurred by 1 hospital as a result of an outbreak of a preventable disease. The measures necessary to prevent such a costly outbreak are simple and, therefore, cost-effective.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Tropical Epidemiology Group
PubMed ID: 12410217
Web of Science ID: 179257700006
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/11103

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