November 3, 2015
Single patient rooms: Reduce hospital-acquired infections and care costs
Hospitals seeking to reduce the risk of infections such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus should look to an unlikely source: room design. A single-patient intensive care unit (ICU) room design reduces the risks of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), cutting care costs enough to more than cover the construction expense, according to a study published in the Journal of Critical Care. Researchers, led by Hessam Sadatsafavi, Ph.D., of Cornell University, analyzed costs associated with single rooms or conversion of multi-patient rooms to private ones, factoring in both initial construction costs and long-term maintenance expenses, and then calculated their internal rate of return.