A recent study published in the journal of Health Services Research found that preventable medical errors occurring during or after surgery cost employers nearly $1.5 billion dollars a year. In addition, these preventable medical errors account for almost 10 percent of surgery related deaths. The report went on to state that 1 out of every 10 patients who dies within 90 days of surgery died because of a preventable error, and one-third of the deaths occurred after the patient was discharged. The researchers conducting this study analyzed data on more than 161,000 patients in employer-based health plans who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2002.
Listed below are examples of some of the costs associated with patients who experienced preventable surgical errors, compared to other patients who did not:
- Nursing care associated with medical errors, including pressure ulcers and hip fractures – $12,196 (33 percent more).
- Metabolic problems associated with medical errors, including kidney failure or uncontrolled blood sugar – $11,797 (32 percent more).
- Blood clots or other vascular or pulmonary problems associated with medical errors – $7,838 (25 percent more).
- Wound opening associated with medical errors – $1,426 (6 percent more).
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a surgical or medical error, then perhaps you should seek the opinion of a law firm that is devoted to medical malpractice cases. The Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers at Rosen Louik & Perry devote their time and efforts to cases throughout Pennsylvania. We obtain and evaluate your medical records with our full-time doctors on staff. Please contact us today for your free consultation.