Economic evaluations of interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections – literature review

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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Economic evaluations of interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Stockholm: ECDC; 2017.

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​Each year around 3.2 million patients are infected with healthcare-associated infections following exposure in healthcare facilities across the European Union and a total of 37 000 of them die as a direct consequence. Healthcare-associated infections are therefore of considerable concern to patients, healthcare professionals and policy-makers alike.

Executive summary

The aim of this review is to assist decision-makers by identifying and summarising existing economic evaluations and cost-effectiveness analyses associated with the control and/or prevention of healthcare-associated infections and to establish general assumptions which would be desirable for a common framework to enable future cost-effectiveness analyses in European hospital settings.