Hospital Injuries—A Costly Epidemic, Study Says

February 1, 2004 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance


A recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) screened discharge abstracts from 20% of U.S. hospitals during 2000 using 18 patient safety indicators (PSIs) and estimated that medical injuries sustained during hospitalization accounted for more than 32,000 patient deaths, 2.4 million additional days of hospitalization, and $4.6 billion in healthcare costs nationally. In addition, the study revealed the incidence, excess length of stay, excess mortality, and cost information for the specific conditions that make up the PSIs.

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