The most costly medical errors

Health Leaders looks at a recent report on avoidable medical errors and highlights the most costly such errors. Here are the top ten.

    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.

Read the full article here and the full report here.

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