Valuation of hospital bed-days released by infection control programs: A comparison of methods

Andrew J. Stewardson, Stephan Harbarth, Nicholas Graves, on behalf of the TIMBER Study Group

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1294-1297
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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