Incidence and costs of bleeding-related complications in French hospitals following surgery for various diagnoses

BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 May 22:13:186. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-13-186.


Background: Limited information is available on the epidemiology and economics of bleeding during surgery in France.

Method: The objective of this study was to examine the incidence, costs and length of stay (LOS) of bleeding-related complications during various surgical procedures.

Results: Amongst all 88 different surgical DRGs recognised by the French database 24 (totalling 321,657 hospitalisations) yielded WB rates ≥10% (range 10.3-25.3%). The highest DRG rates were for transplantations, cardiac and major orthopaedic surgery, vascular and solid organ surgery.

Conclusions: The present study for France demonstrates a significant increase of hospital LOS and associated costs following post-surgical bleeding, supporting the need for blood conservation strategies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Blood Transfusion / economics
  • Blood Transfusion / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • France / epidemiology
  • Health Care Costs
  • Hemostatic Techniques / economics
  • Hemostatic Techniques / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Length of Stay / economics
  • Length of Stay / statistics & numerical data
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Hemorrhage / economics
  • Postoperative Hemorrhage / epidemiology*
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / adverse effects
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative / economics