One in nine suf­fer a hos­pi­tal com­pli­ca­tion

Benalla Ensign - - Real Estate -

One in ev­ery nine pa­tients who go to hos­pi­tal in Aus­tralia end up suf­fer­ing a com­pli­ca­tion, a new re­port has found.

That fig­ure rises to one in four for those who stay in hos­pi­tal overnight — about 725 000 each year.

Those who suf­fer a com­pli­ca­tion af­ter a pro­ce­dure end up stay­ing in hos­pi­tal for an ex­tra five days, the re­port by the Grat­tan In­sti­tute shows. The in­sti­tute rec­om­mends all states and ter­ri­to­ries es­tab­lish goals for re­duc­ing the over­all rate of com­pli­ca­tions in pub­lic and pri­vate hos­pi­tals.

It also sug­gests hos­pi­tals and clin­i­cians are given the abil­ity to look into data to see how they com­pare against oth­ers, and pri­vate health in­sur­ers give their mem­bers in­for­ma­tion on com­pli­ca­tion rates. The re­port found if all hos­pi­tals lifted their safety per­for­mance to the level of the best 10 per cent of hos­pi­tals across the coun­try, the com­pli­ca­tion rate would fall by more than a quar­ter.

They es­ti­mate it would mean an ex­tra 250 000 pa­tients would leave hos­pi­tal each year free of com­pli­ca­tions.

Au­thor Stephen Duck­ett be­lieves a veil of se­crecy nowa­days hangs over which hos­pi­tals and clin­i­cians have higher rates.

‘‘Pa­tients should have ac­cess to the in­for­ma­tion on com­pli­ca­tion rates in dif­fer­ent hos­pi­tals and for dif­fer­ent pro­ce­dures, so they — and their GPs — can make bet­ter­in­formed de­ci­sions about how and where they are treated,’’ Mr Duck­ett said.

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