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February 2021

Study Shows Economic Impact of Post-Op Delirium Rivals Costs Associated with Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Results Suggest That Delirium Has Substantial Public Health Implications

BOSTON – Results of a study published today in JAMA Surgery reveal the impact post-operative delirium has on health care costs in the U.S. Data from the study shows that if delirium were prevented or made less severe for patients, it could reduce health care costs by $33 billion per year, that is, $44,300 per patient per year. Severe delirium resulted in an additional $56,500 per patient per year, as compared to routine health care costs for older post-operative patients.