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Hospital acquired complications cost average hospital $2M per year

Completely preventable problems cost an average-sized hospital millions per year. And take a toll on patients.

That’s the bottom line of a new report from the Healthcare Management Council (HMC). HMC analyzed federal data to identify the most common hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) as well as their annual cost per patient and the annual average cost to hospitals.

The results are startling. According to the report, HACs cost a 200-bed hospital roughly $2 million extra annually. Here are the results, broken down by most common type of complication:

  1. Decubitus ulcers, more commonly known as bedsores, cost a mid-size facility roughly $536,000 per year, and $9,200 per patient.
  2. Post-operative pulmonary embolisms (PE) and deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) cost hospitals $564,000 annually, at $15,500 per patient.
  3. Accidental punctures and lacerations cost $248,100 per hospital — $8,300 per patient.
  4. Post-operative respiratory failure cost $261,000 per hospital — $21,900 per patient.
  5. Hospital-acquired infections cost an average hospital $252,000 — $24,500 per patient.

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