2007 – TEN YEARS AGO
Dr. Zoutman’s invention is expected to significantly reduce the incidence of nosocomial infections, a number which now exceeds 1.7 million in the US annually (CDC, 2007).
Based on recent CDC cost-estimates we would see hospitals saving $6 to $7 for each $1 invested in this technology through reduced costs associated with prolonged admissions, re-admissions, expanded use of antibiotics and expensive ICU care.
“Current CDC statistics show that in the United States, 1 in every 25 patients will contract an HAI and of those, 1 in 9 will die.
HAIs cost the healthcare industry upwards of $30 billion dollars annually.”