Medical Errors In U.S. Costing $1.5 Billion Each Year

July 29, 2008

A new report released by the U.S. government has revealed that medical errors during and after surgeries in hospitals are costing $1.5 billion each year.....Washington (ChattahBox) – A new report released by the U.S. government has revealed that medical errors during and after surgeries in hospitals are costing $1.5 billion each year.

For the study, researchers look at 161,000 patients who went through surgery from 2001 to 2002.

Medical errors taking place in hospitals across the U.S. are proving to be extremely costly, and in many cases deadly.

One out of every 10 patients who die within 90 days of surgery, died due to preventable medical errors.

This could be due to several factors, such as medication, leaving the hospital too early, etc.

The bottom line is that the report has showcased that hospitals who are struggling with finances can save a lot of money simply by cutting down on medical errors.

The study was published in the July 28 issue of the journal Health Services Research.


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