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Epidemiol Infect. 1989 Oct;103(2):227-34.

The tangible cost implications of a hospital outbreak of multiply-resistant Salmonella.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London.

Abstract

A hospital outbreak of multiply-resistant Salmonella heidelberg infection, which affected 17 patients and 2 staff, is described. The tangible cost of the outbreak was estimated at 21 pounds 151, 17 pounds 989 (85.1%) of which was borne by the hospital. The cost to the Microbiology Department was 3596 pounds (17.0% of the total). A detailed analysis of the costs and implications for staffing disruption is given and a comparison is made with the costs of preventive activities. Ways of containing expenses in the event of an outbreak and the economic implications for clinical budgeting and privatization of the laboratory service are considered.

PMID:
2806415
PMCID:
PMC2249509
DOI:
10.1017/s0950268800030570
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