Navigation Links
Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds

MONDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- Preventing medical errors that occur during or after surgery could save lives and almost $1.5 billion a year, according to U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study.

The researchers analyzed data on more than 161,000 patients in employer-based health plans who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2002.

The study found that insurers paid an additional $28,218 (52 percent more) and an additional $19,480 (48 percent more) for each surgery patient who suffered acute respiratory failure or post-operative infections, respectively, compared to patients who didn't suffer those complications.

Among the other findings:

  • Nursing care associated with medical errors, including pressure ulcers and hip fractures, cost an additional $12,196 (33 percent more) per patient.
  • Metabolic problems, such as kidney failure or uncontrolled blood sugar, linked to medical errors cost an additional $11,797 (32 percent more) per patient.
  • Blood clots or other vascular or pulmonary problems associated with medical errors cost an additional $7,838 (25 percent more) per patient.
  • Wound opening tied to medical errors cost an additional $1,426 (6 percent more) per patient.

In addition, the study found that one out of every 10 patients who died within 90 days of surgery did so due to a preventable error, and one-third of the deaths occurred after the initial hospital discharge.

The study was published in the July 28 issue of the journal Health Services Research.

"Like the physical and emotional harm caused by medical errors, the financial consequences don't stop at the hospital door. Eliminating medical errors and their after-effects must continue to be top priority for our health care system," AHRQ director Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy said in an agency news release.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians tells patients how they can protect themselves from medical errors.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, news release, July 28, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. New study shows promise in reducing surgical risks associated with surgical bleeding
2. Pioneer Surgical Technology Hires Vice President of New Business Development
3. Symmetry Medical Completes Acquisition Of Specialty Surgical Instruments
4. Innocoll Agrees the Sale of its CollaRx(R) GENTAMICIN SURGICAL IMPLANT and European Sales and Marketing Infrastructure to EUSA Pharma
5. Revolutionary HD Surgical Footage from North Shore-LIJ Surgeon to be Broadcast for the First Time on ABCs 20/20, National Geographic Channel
6. American Heart Association Surgical Supplement Journal Report: Appropriate Hospital Discharge System Can Prevent Future Cardiac Events
7. MAKO Surgical Corp. Names Frederic H. Moll, M.D. to Board of Directors
8. Study finds limiting work hours for surgical residents enhances training
9. STAAR Surgical Reports Operational Progress
10. Stille and Enova Form Strategic Partnership to Introduce Worlds Brightest LED Cordless Surgical Headlights Into Europe and Japan
11. PEAK Surgical Announces Positive Surgical Incision Wound Healing Results With the PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM)
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, ... ... (AIS) is pleased to announce the speakers for “Value-Based Payer-Provider Partnerships: Three ... learned from three innovative value-based care arrangements: Essentia Health and UCare, MissionPoint ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... DataTrade Solutions Inc., a Healthcare IT consulting, development and support company. The purchase ... technical experience available within DataTrade to extend the services currently provided by Healthjump. ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 30, ... ... ), a leading provider of enterprise Time and Attendance/Workforce Management cloud-based ... in the Microsoft Partner Program with competencies in the Application Development, demonstrating ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... 2016. In 2016, expected coding changes are likely to include new codes for ... It’s not easy to understand the effects of code changes in musculoskeletal, radiology ...
(Date:11/29/2015)... Birmingham, Lake Orion, Clarkston, Metamora, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Women's Excellence is once again accredited by the American Institute ... peer review process that allows practices to demonstrate that they meet or ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... Nov. 30, 2015  Novartis will demonstrate the strength ... th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting. ... as well as supportive care, including key findings in ... cell therapies. The ASH Annual Meeting will be held ... Novartis Oncology . "We will be presenting ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... BOSTON , November 30, 2015 ... new medicines directed at up to 10 G protein-coupled ... PFE ) to research and develop potential new ... (GPCR) targets across multiple therapeutic areas. --> ... and development company and wholly-owned subsidiary of Sosei Group ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , November 30, 2015 ... or the "Company") announced today that it was informed by ... and Drug Safety (MFDS) has approved its Exablate Neuro ... --> --> Insightec,s Exablate ... treatment alternative that combines two technologies: Focused Ultrasound, which ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: