The average incremental cost of RBS per patient is $28,81415

Healthcare costs are seriously impacted by Retained Blood Syndrome (RBS). What’s worse, RBS patients suffer double the mortality rate and experience on average 5.8 days longer length of stay.15

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Total Cardiac Surgery Procedures per Year

Cost of RBS reInterventions



RBS increases your risk of penalties and further erodes your bottom line

New hospital-acquired condition (HAC) penalties may further impact your hospital’s ability to provide the level of healthcare you strive so hard to achieve. An estimated 2,500 facilities could see reduced payments based on the combined influence of readmissions adjustments and Value Based Purchasing (VBP).

Projections show approximately 577 hospitals will suffer revenue losses compounded even further by an additional 1% HAC penalty, based on the proposed rates. Nearly 10% of affected hospitals could be penalized under pay-for-performance guidelines.

Number of hospitals proposed for penalties under Pay For Play programs in 201519

PleuraFlow® ACT may help you reduce RBS complications and costs

All cardiothoracic hospitals can immediately reduce their total cost of care by adopting PleuraFlow® Active Clearance Technology® (ACT). Here is an estimate of cost savings based on hospital size.

Based on over 313,000 US adult heart surgery patients. Data extracted using  ICD-9 codes from the 2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), from the DHHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP).

Sirch J, Ledwon M, Puski T, Boyle EM, Pfeiffer S, Fischlein T. Active Clearance of Chest Drainage Catheters Reduces Retained Blood. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2016. Mar; 151(3):832–838.