Thursday, April 7, 2011

Medical Errors Occur More Often Than Thought; Mistakes, Hospital Patients - AARP Bulletin

Study finds mistakes affect 1 in 3 hospital patients

blog posting courtesy of AARP Bulletin, Medical Errors Occur 10 Times More Than Previously Thought

Ten years after a landmark study outlined how to combat medical errors in U.S. hospitals, researchers have found that errors may be 10 times more common than experts had thought.

But the new research in the April edition of the journal Health Affairs found that medical errors and other "adverse events" are still rampant. This study, using a more sensitive method of measuring, found that mistakes occur in one out of every three hospital admissions.

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Medical Errors Occur More Often Than Thought; Mistakes, Hospital Patients - AARP Bulletin

See also: How to protect yourself if you're hospital bound.