Healthcare Associated Infections – litigation and reputation – MindMetre – January 2014

Posted on January 24, 2014. Filed under: Health Economics, Infection Control | Tags: |

Healthcare Associated Infections – litigation and reputation – MindMetre – January 2014

“A MindMetre research note on the reputational risk to healthcare institutions of litigation by patients suing as a result of an HCAI

Health economics studies of return on investment from screening for Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) have tended to focus only on the consequent reduction in patient treatment costs. A few studies have also looked at the direct impact of patient lawsuits resulting from HCAIs, but here only in terms of the cost of damages and legal fees. This short research note suggests that, in the newly structured NHS, where groups of GPs – Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – are now commissioning acute services, where competition for service provision between trusts is overtly encouraged, and where there is a clear mandate to ‘ improve patient outcomes’, HCAI rates are likely to play an increasing role in the ability of a trust to attract patients and the funds that come with them.”

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