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Volume 7, Number 2—April 2001
THEME ISSUE
4th Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections

Prevention is Primary

Antiseptic Technology: Access, Affordability, and Acceptance

John M. BoyceComments to Author 
Author affiliation: Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

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Table 3

Excess length of stay and hospital costs associated with nosocomial infections

Increased cost
Site of infection Increased length of stay (days) Average Maximum
Urinary tract 1-4 $600-930 $8,280
Surgical Site 7-14 $2,000-5,040 $26,000
Lower respiratory Bloodstream 4-21
4-24 $5,000-5,800 
$3,000-40,000 $41,600
>$40,000

Adapted from: Jarvis WR. Selected aspects of the socioeconomic impact of nosocomial infections: morbidity, mortality, cost, and prevention. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1996;17:552-7.

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