A dozen years ago, avoidable medical errors contributed to the deaths of from 44,000 to 98,000 people every year in U.S. hospitals, according to the landmark report “To Err is Human” by the Institute of Medicine.
We might not be doing any better now; in fact, we might be doing worse, even in our best hospitals, according to the April 2011 issue of Health Affairs. One major study found that significant “adverse events”—medical errors that caused harm—occurred during one-third of hospital stays. The most common were medication errors, followed by surgical errors, procedure errors, and hospital-acquired infections. Read the rest of this entry »