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Medical errors: excess hospital costs and lengths of stay.
Nordgren LD; Johnson T; Kirschbaum M; Peterson ML
J Healthc Qual 2004 Mar/Apr; 26(2):42-48
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.
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; Author Keywords: cost containment and management; data analysis; patient safety; statistical analysis
Leslie Nordgren, Health Care Improvement Resources Department, Allina Hospitals & Clinics, Roseville, MN
Issue of Publication
Journal for Healthcare Quality
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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