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Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors



Avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the nation's healthcare bill in 2008, a claims-based study shows. Here are the 10 most expensive and 10 most frequent errors in healthcare settings.



2 comments on "Top 10 Most Costly, Frequent Medical Errors"
William J. Walsh (12/20/2010 at 11:32 AM)

I agree - most of these are bad outcome data with a presumption of an error behind it. For example: 1. Postoperative shock - if the patient had trauma prior to surgery, or the patient had a large surgery (lung, heart, liver transplant, CABG), it may be expected to have shock postoperatively. 2. Infection due to central venous catheter. These really should be mostly avoidable. 5.Complications of transplanted organ[INVALID] how is this due to error? Inexact science and error are not the same thing. 9. Infusion or transfusion reaction[INVALID] if this is all due to mismatched product, ok... but otherwise TRALI is not predictable. The gastric bipass complication rate seems to be 4 of the 10 high risk complications... why not list this as one item?
gzuckier (12/9/2010 at 10:01 AM)

Eh? Most of these are neither errors, nor avoidable; unless there is quite a bit more in the study than is being represented here.