Risk of GI Endoscopy Complications Higher than Previously Reported
Almost half of the visits were due to abdominal pain, 12% to gastrointestinal tract bleeding and 11% involved chest pain. Older patients were more likely to have complications, the study found.
Most complications were minor but the cost of follow-up care was not. The average cost per ED visit following endoscopy was $1,403 and the average cost of hospitalization for post-procedure complications was $10,123, the study reports.
The findings may help guide how doctors counsel patients following one of these procedures. "We've done a lot over the years to mitigate the risks of bleeding and perforation, and rightly so," Leffler says. "Now [that] we know of the underlying iceberg of minor complications, we can really look at those because they're a significant burden to patients and the healthcare system."
John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- CVS Ramps Up Retail Clinics with Provider Affiliations
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- As States Regulate Provider Competition, Common Threads Emerge
- Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death, Senators Told
- Contradictory Obamacare Rulings Issued by Appellate Courts
- As HIPAA Breaches Accelerate, Tools Lag
- Chronic Disease Care Costs Get Bipartisan Attention
- Roundtable: Life After a Healthcare Organization Acquisition
- Recruiting Retired Clinicians
- Mayo Tops U.S. News Best Hospitals Rankings