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What is really at stake?

Inefficient intravenous drug administration processes may impact the cost-effectiveness of anaesthesia care (3,5)

Medication error costs

  • Even minor intra-operative incidents, including drug errors, are associated with longer hospital stay and increased costs (5)
  • An adverse drug event leads to increased hospitalisation costs of $16 000 to $24 000 (15) according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality   
  • In the US the estimated annual cost of the 193 000 medication errors would be $3.1 to $4.6 billion (15)

Litigation costs

In the UK, a syringe swap in an operating room led to the largest payout in a case of medical negligence : £24m (16)


Ligitation costs


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