Adverse events in older patients admitted to acute care: A preliminary cost description

Stacy Ackroyd-Stolarz, Judith Read Guernsey, Neil J. MacKinnon, George Kovacs

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Abstract

The financial costs associated with Adverse Events (AEs) for older patients (=65 years) in Canadian hospitals are unknown. The objective of this paper is to describe and compare costs between patients who experienced an AE and those who did not during an acute hospital admission to a tertiary care facility. Patients with an AE had twice the hospital length of stay (20.2 versus 9.8 days, p < 0.00001), resulting in 1,400 extra days at a cost of approximately $7,500/patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalHealthcare Management Forum
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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