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Top 10 Most Costly Medical Errors

06 Oct

The report listed the 10 most expensive types of errors in 2008, the number of errors, the cost per error, and the total cost. The first five make up 55% of the total error costs.

The list is as follows:

1. Pressure ulcers—374,964 errors, $10,288 per error and $3.858 billion total

2. Postoperative infections—252,695 errors, $14,548 per error, $3.676 billion total.

3. Mechanical complication of a device, implant or graft—60,380 errors, $18,771 per error, $1.133 billion total.

4. Postlaminectomy syndrome—113,823 errors, $9,863 per error, $1.123 billion total.

5. Hemorrhage complicating a procedure—78,216 errors, $12,272 per error, $960 million total.

6. Infection following infusion, injection, transfusion, vaccination—8,855 errors, $78,083 per error, $691 million total.

7. Pneumothorax—25,559 errors, $24,132 per error, $617 million total.

8. Infection due to central venous catheter—7,062 errors, $83,365 per error, $589 million total.

9. Other complicaitons of internal (biological) (synthetic) prosthetic device, implant and graft—26,783 errors, $17,233 per error and $462 million total.

10. Ventral hernia without mention of obstruction or gangrene—53,810 errors, $8,178 per error and $440 million total.

Post operative/ Post procedural infections seem way to high.Also, costs per error for this category is as high as 83,000 USD per error. And this error ought to be one potentially better-controllable error.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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