NOW THERE'S PROOF THAT PATIENT SAFETY ALSO REDUCES COSTS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Preventing bloodstream infections saves lives, but now research by Peter Pronovost and colleagues at Johns Hopkins also shows it saves money.
PRONOVOST: We knew that we could prevent bloodstream infections and we had always assumed that it made good business sense, that it saved money, but we really didn't know and what this study does, it shows that when it is rigorously tested, that reducing infections is also a way to save money for hospitals, and in our current environment saving money is a really important thing and this study points hope that reducing preventable complications like bloodstream infections is a very helpful strategy to help control healthcare costs. :33
Many practices in healthcare are based on the assumption that outcomes will be better or quality of life improved, but when they are studied rigorously such assumptions turn out to be false. This research helps underpin safety practices that both benefit patients and healthcare systems. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.