Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors
They are in order: pressure ulcer, postoperative infection, postlaminectomy syndrome, hemorrhage complicating a procedure, accidental puncture or laceration during a procedure, mechanical complication of device, implant or graft, ventral hernia without mention of obstruction or gangrene, hematoma complicating a procedure, unspecified adverse effect of a drug medicinal and
biological substance not elsewhere classified and mechanical complication of cardiac device, implant or graft.
As health providers struggle to find ways to minimize costs of care, they also are paying attention to preventing the most costly errors. This report listed 10 errors that are most costly on a per error basis, although they may not necessarily occur as often.
They most expensive errors on a per-error basis are as follows:
- 1. Postoperative shock—$93,682.
2. Infection due to central venous catheter—$83,365.
3. Infection following infusion, injection, transfusion or vaccination—$78,083.
4. Gastrostomy complications, infection—$66,765.
5. Complications of transplanted organ—$66,658.
6. Infection and inflammatory reaction due to internal prosthetic device, implant and graft—$62,265.
7. Tracheostomy complications—$56,479.
8. Gastrostomy complications, mechanical—$55,219.
9. Infusion or transfusion reaction—$51,686.
10. Gastrostomy complications—$49,115.
Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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