It pays to do the right thing
Facility accountability to stem preventable events is mounting as is evident by the increasing cost and consequences for retained surgical items.
$473,000 = average overall indemnity payout (Risk Management Foundation, Harvard Medical Institution)12
$105,000 = the physician-only portion of an indemnity payment (Physician Insurers Association of America/PIAA)12
$1.8 million, or $60,000 per sponge = California state fines for30 retained sponge cases12
$77,512 = average cost of corrective surgerydue to a retained sponge (CMS)12
“The SurgiCount Sponges are more expensive than regular sponges. But they’re less expensive than a retained item… the cost of something retained would be much higher. It’s also better patient care. It’s not just about cost, but the trauma and inconvenience to a patient.”
Don Owens, Vice President divisional director of surgical services
Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, TX
RSI malpractice costs contribute $94.50 to the cost of each surgery performed in the U.S.12
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