Worth Switching

Cook Medical

Infection rates don't have to be high for Cook Spectrum to be a smart choice for your facility. CLABSIs/CRBSIs are among the most expensive HAIs per case,4 so even incremental reductions in CLABSIs/CRBSIs can create significant savings. By switching to Spectrum, even high-performing hospitals with low infection rates can achieve substantial reductions in mortalities and cost that are associated with infections.

Plus, by reducing your CRBSI rate, Spectrum technology can help your hospital lower the risk for a Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program score that triggers a 1% reduction in inpatient Medicare reimbursement.
Learn more about HAC score penalties.

Consider a facility that places 100 CVCs per month, using these numbers from the CDC3 and from recent studies 1, 2 that detail the toll of CRBSIs:

1200 8400
7 DAYS    citing 1
28 8 DAYS    citing 6
$45,814.00 citing 3 $463,400.00
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Based on your entries on the previous table, the impact of a 50% reduction in the CRBSI rate is shown below.

1.65 14 $193.08
2 Hrs, 14 Min $231,700.00 112

The calculations presented here show a modest change in infection rates and associated costs. However, the ultimate goal of any infection prevention program should be to strive for


With Spectrum plus your process bundle, we can help you reach for that goal.

References – Worth Switching
  1. Ramos ER, Reitzel R, Jiang Y, et al. Clinical effectiveness and risk of emerging resistance associated with prolonged use of antibiotic-impregnated catheters: more than 0.5 million catheter days and 7 years of clinical experience. Crit Care Med. 2011;39(2):245-251.
  2. Advani S, Reich NG, Sengupta A, et al. Central line-associated bloodstream infection in hospitalized children with peripherally inserted central venous catheters: extending risk analyses outside the intensive care unit. Clin Infect Dis. 2011;52(9):1108-1115.
  3. Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health care-associated infections: a meta-analysis of costs and financial impact on the US health care system. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046. The $45,814 figure stated in the above calculator is the average between $30,919-$65,245, as referenced in this article.
  4. Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health care-associated infections: a meta-analysis of costs and financial impact on the US health care system [published online ahead of print September 2, 2013]. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;2. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9763.
  5. Srinivasan A, Wise M, Bell M, et al. Vital signs: central line-associated blood stream infections — United States, 2001, 2008, and 2009. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(8):243-248.
  6. Warren DK, Quadir WW, Hollenbeak CS, et al. Attributable cost of catheter-associated bloodstream infections among intensive care patients in a nonteaching hospital. Crit Care Med. 2006;34(8):2084–2089.