March 1, 2016
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) account for a large portion of the harms caused by healthcare and are associated with high costs," stated a report by Zimlichman et al.1 Whereas the editor’s note accompanying this study stated, "The reason to prevent healthcare-associated infections is to save lives, not costs," the study clearly connected saving costs with saving lives.
1. Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health care-associated infections: a meta-analysis of cost and financial impact on the US health care system. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046.