Costs and Consequences Associated With Misdiagnosed Lower Extremity Cellulitis

HM Epstein hmepstein at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 8 23:13:09 UTC 2016


If the costs of misdiagnosis from just this one disease in just this one
part of the body are so high, how great will the total annual costs of
misdiagnosis end up being?

from  JAMA Dernatology

 http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/2578851


"In this cross-sectional study that included 259 patients, 30% were
misdiagnosed with cellulitis, of which 85% did not require hospitalization
and 92% received unnecessary antibiotics. Combining these findings with
previously published data, cost estimates, and and projections indicate
that cellulitis misdiagnosis leads to 50 000 to 130 000 unnecessary
hospitalizations in the United States and $195 million to $515 million in
avoidable health care spending annually."

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