By SHAWN MARTIN US hospitals are increasingly relying on ‘dissecting’ to clear up infection and promote recovery.
But a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests hospitals could face an even greater burden of infection from the highly-contaminated “disinfectin spray” which has become the standard disinfectant in US hospitals.
The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that up to 25% of US hospitals have no standard disinfecting solution.
The CDC is now looking at the disinfecting costs for the spray, which is sold by several companies including Sysco, the world’s largest food and chemical manufacturer.
It says it would cost between $4 and $6 per liter of the spray and that it is currently used in less than 1% of the US hospitals that have the spray.
But the cost of disinfecting is a major issue for hospitals, who typically use less than a third of their total operating budget on disinfecting.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Dr Robert Hochstein, a professor of bioethics at the University of Michigan, told host David Zaslavski that the disinfection costs could be as much as $3,000 per person per year.
The cost of treating STIs in US health facilities is currently more than $3 trillion per year, according to the CDC.
Dr Hochsteins claims that hospitals are paying for the disinfected disinfectant at prices that exceed what the US government is reimbursing hospitals for.
He also argues that the spray is being used in too many US hospitals where it is not needed.
Dr. Hochsstein said that the US health system is underfunded.
He said that US hospitals spend $3.5 trillion per day on medical costs.
He argued that the costs are being passed onto the patients, with many being put in situations where they will not be able to recover.
“We are getting to the point where we are not even getting close to reimbursable costs,” he said.
“The only way to do that is to do the right thing and stop subsidising the system that is not being used.”
“The US is spending about $10 trillion per month on medical care, which means that we are wasting $10,000 a person on a $5,000 disinfectant,” Dr Hochstensaid.
The new report also warns that the cost will only rise as more hospitals adopt the disinfectant.
It estimates that the new standard disinfectants could cost between 50% and 80% of all hospitals by 2025.
Dr Joel Susskind, who led the research, said that while the costs of disinfection were being passed on, the disinfectants used in US healthcare systems were not being fully costed.
“When the disinfector was invented, people didn’t think about the cost,” he told Bloomberg TV.
“It was only around 30 years ago that people started thinking about cost and safety.
Now it’s been 25 years.”
He added that the current system is broken.
Dr Susskoldt told the US broadcaster that the average cost of a US hospital is $2,600 a day.
He estimated that if the disinfectin spray was used in a hospital for 1% the cost would be $60 million a day and that if it was used for 0.5% it would be more than twice as much.
Dr James C. Lacey, a microbiologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, said in an interview that while he supports efforts to reduce the cost, the costs remain prohibitive for many Americans.
“I would have thought the cost might be lower, but it is still quite high,” he explained.
He said the costs would rise as governments continue to subsidise healthcare.
“As a result, we will see costs increase.
There is no question about that,” he warned.”
A major cost is not going to be health care.
The cost of the health care will be the cost to the American taxpayer.”
Dr Suddles said that a major barrier to the use of the disinfectins spray is that it has no commercial application and is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
He also argued that, even though the disinfectors are being used to fight STIs, the US healthcare system is failing to protect its patients.
Dr Lacey said the American healthcare system has been slow to accept the reality that people are not getting the medical care they need.
“What we need to be doing is moving forward with our health care systems and looking at how we can provide better care, and more efficient care, to our patients,” he added.
Dr Gail G. Ladd, a medical director at the American Medical Association, said it was important to move to a system where the US is the world leader in healthcare.
Dr C. Douglas Brinker, a senior scientist at the CDC, said