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Medical errors: excess hospital costs and lengths of stay.

Authors
Nordgren-LD; Johnson-T; Kirschbaum-M; Peterson-ML
Source
J Healthc Qual 2004 Mar-Apr; 26(2):42-48
NIOSHTIC No.
20037634
Abstract
To focus on effective patient safety strategies in an environment of intense competition for resources, a method of quantifying the effect of potential sources of medical errors was developed. This study assessed excess length of stay (LOS) and hospitalization costs associated with patients who experienced errors. The distribution of the errors occurring within the mean LOS experienced by others with the same diagnosis and severity was also examined. Patients with errors had longer stays and greater costs when compared to controls.
Keywords
Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Health-standards; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-health-services; Qualitative-analysis; Quality-control; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Statistical-quality-control; Work-environment; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Contact
Health Care Improvement Resources Department, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Roseville, MN
Publication Date
20040301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
leslie.nordgren@allina.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1062-2551
Source Name
Journal for Healthcare Quality
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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