CHAIR - Coalition for Healthcare Acquired Infection Reduction

HAI Reduction ROI

HAI Reduction Return on Investment

Canada has the HIGHEST rate of all hospital acquired infection rates in developed countries at 10.5% (WHO 2009). An 80% reduction in HAIs could save 8,000 lives. Reduce acquired infections by 160,000 cases and Canadians can save $3.2 – $4 billion each year in healthcare spending.

The impact of healthcare acquired infections is devastating. Solutions to HAIs must be found.

  • 1 out of 10 Canadian patients gets an infection from the hospital. That’s 200,000 people each year.
  • Five percent die – 10,000 Canadians who acquire an infection from a hospital will die each year.
  • HAIs account for more deaths in Canada than car accidents, breast cancer and HIV/AIDs combined.

HAIs in Developed Nations*

Country
Prevalence
Canada
10.5%
Finland
8.5%
France
6.7%
Greece
8.6%
Ireland
7.6%
Italy
4.6%
Norway
5.1%
Scotland
9.5%
Slovenia
4.6%
Switzerland
10.1%
United Kingdom
7.6%
United States
4.5%

* World Health Organization 2009