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ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS: Add $3,000 and 3.1 days ALOS

On average , adverse drug events (ADEs) add $3,000 to the cost of care of patients in community hospitals and just over 3 days to their length of stay, according to this study of 6 mid-sized hospitals in Massachusetts.  This research article (coming out of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston) provides comparative data on preventable and nonpreventable ADEs, as well as comparing patients with significant, serious, and life-threatening ADEs.

Source: Hug, B.L., and others.  The costs of adverse drug events in community hospitals.  The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety;38(3):120-126, Mar. 2012.  Click here for publisher’s website: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/jcaho/jcjqs/2012/00000038/00000003/art00004 Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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