September 1984

Hospital Costs of Surgical Complications

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, New Hanover Memorial Hospital, Wilmington, NC; and the Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill.

Arch Surg. 1984;119(9):1065-1066. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1984.01390210061013

• Fifteen patients who had a general or gynecologic abdominal operation were operated on a second time for a complication of the first operation. There were three deaths. Extra costs attributable to the complications amounted to $211,503, of which one third was uncollectible. One half of the extra hospital days for surviving patients were spent in the intensive care unit.

(Arch Surg 1984;119:1065-1066)