Data review: You could save $21,767 for every HAPI you prevent (average incremental cost)

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How much is each hospital-acquired pressure injury costing your facility? How much is it costing the patient?

This review of a US National Hospital Discharge database covering 9.6 million patients – 46,108 of whom were experiencing hospital acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) – calculated the average incremental cost of a single pressure injury at nearly $22,000.

In propensity score-adjusted models, increasing HAPI severity contributed significantly to:

  • Higher total unreimbursable costs
  • Increased overall length of stay
  • Greater risk of in-hospital mortality at the index hospitalization
  • 1.5 to 2 times greater risk of 30-, 60- and 90-day readmissions
  • Increasing risk of other hospital-acquired conditions, such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections and venous thromboembolism at index hospitalization
Smith + Nephew
Aug 30, 2022
Aug 16, 2022
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