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A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed some troubling statistics. Nearly one fifth (18%) of all patients were injured by medical mistakes during their stay in a hospital. "Our findings validate concern raised by patient-safety experts in the
In almost 3% of the cases in the study, the injury resulted in or contributed to the death of the patient. Another 3% resulted in a permanent injury, and 8.5% were life-threatening. Nearly 43% of the injuries -- or "harms" as the researchers called them -- required some intervention by doctors or nurses and resulted in an extended stay in the hospital.
The report was particularly disturbing since it indicates little progress has been made since the 1999
SOURCE: "Temporal Trends in Rates of Patient Harm Resulting from Medical Care," Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH, et al.
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