Category Archives: surgery

One surgical infection with MRSA: $61,000

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From a multi-state, public-private research team — Duke University, Wayne State University, and the Durham, NC VA — comes a precise and alarming calculation of MRSA’s costs in hospitals: For one post-surgery infection, $61,681. The group compared the course, costs and final outcome of three matched groups of patients from one tertiary-care center and six […]

Reducing errors: Worldwide proof that it’s not so hard

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There’s an encouraging joint announcement coming this afternoon from the World Health Organization and the New England Journal of Medicine. (I’ve set the timer on this post to publish when the embargo lifts.) Using a simple but detailed checklist, eight hospitals in a mix of high-income and resource-poor areas were able to reduce their rates […]