Table 4

Expected costs in an average general NHS hospital attributable to HCAIs (assumes the electronic audit and feedback system protocol leads to a 25% reduction in HCAIs)

In an average NHS hospital with 76 053 adult admissions per annum,
4473 HCPs and 510 adult inpatient beds
Current practiceCurrent practice with the electronic audit and feedback systemCost difference between the two strategies
Annual cost of patient management for HCAIs£11 858 527 (99)£8 893 895 (97)−£2 964 632
Annual cost of HCP management for HCAIs£369 (<1)£277 (<1)−£92
Annual cost of bank/agency staff due to HCAIs£19 157 (<1)£16 079 (<1)−£3078
Annual cost of the electronic audit and feedback system£278 958 (3)£278 958
Total annual hospital cost attributable to HCAIs £11 878 053 (100) £9 189 209 (100)£2 688 844
  • Per cent of total cost in parentheses.

  • HCAI, healthcare-associated infection; HCP, healthcare practitioner; NHS, National Health Service.