MedSurg Patient Deterioration Burden Calculator

Fill in the fields below with your unique data to discover the estimated burden of Med/Surg patient deterioration in your hospital.
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Patient Deterioration cases


Patient Deterioration Direct Costs


Increased LOS due to Patient Deterioration


Projected Annual Rate of MedSurg Code Blues 5


This calculator is intended to be used only for the purpose of assessing and demonstrating potential cost savings ranges under normalized hospital cost conditions. The results and outcomes are estimations only and should not be interpreted as a guarantee or warranty of similar results. It does not suggest a definitive review of actual costs and savings incurred in a hospital. Savings are estimates only and specific to the individual case. Savings may not be typical and may vary.


(1) Zimlichman, E., et al., (2012). Early Recognition of Acutely Deteriorating Patients in Non-ICU Units: Assessment of an Innovative Monitoring Technology. Journal Hospital Medicine. 7.9% M/S pts. suffered major CD

(2) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), National (Nationwide) Inpatient Sample (NIS) 2009-2018 (all available data as of 01/27/21). 2018 U.S. Hospital Average Length of Stay = 4.7 days.

(3) Slight, S. P.,et al., (2014). Return on Investment of Implementing a Continuous Monitoring System in General Medical-Surgical Units. Society Critical Care Medicine. ($920 direct variable cost per day updated to 2020)

(4) A weighted average for increased LOS due to patient deterioration was determined using the following two studies: Lighthall, et al., (2009). Abnormal vital signs are associated with an increased risk for critical events in US veteran inpatients. Resuscitation 80 1264-1269. Romero-Brufau, et al., (2019). The fifth vital sign? Nurse worry predicts inpatient deterioration within 24 hours. JAMIA Open, 0(0), 2019,1-6. Weighted average = 4.8 days.

(5) Perman, S. M., et al., (2016) Location of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States— Variability in Event Rate and Outcomes. Journal of American Heart Association. 445 Hosp., 85,201 IHCA. Retrospective Study using Get with Guidelines Resuscitation Database Jan 2003 - Sept. 2010

(6) Definitive Healthcare. National Benchmark Utilization Rate (Occupancy Rate) is 61%. 2021.