Research Articles from the SHS-UHN ASP (Category)

Pro/con debate: Are barrier precautions cost-effective in improving patient outcomes in the intensive care unit?

N Thampi
AM Morris

ABSTRACT

You are responsible for a large medical surgical ICU.  Your hospital administration has been very focused on reducing rates of hospital-acquired infections, particularly in the wake of increasing public attention.  However, it is time for budget preparation and your financial officer is concerned about the escalating costs associated with patient isolation and barrier precautions/personal protective equipment.  Having become aware of the high costs associated with these interventions, you start to wonder about the wisdom of spending so much in this area.  Your hospital administration wants your direction on next year's expenditures.  You are debating whether the expense is worthwhile and advise your hospital administration accordingly.

PubMed Link to Article:

Thampi N, Morris AM. Pro/con debate: are barrier precautions cost-effective in improving patient outcomes in the intensive care unit? Crit Care. 2012 Jan 19;16(1):202. doi: 10.1186/cc10532. Review. PubMed PMID: 22264293; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3396214.