Saturday, September 21, 2013

Preventable harm associated with at least 210K deaths in U.S. hospitals annually, NASA scientist’s study shows - Preventable harm contributes to between 210,000 and 440,000 deaths in American hospitals, a new literature review in the Journal of Patient Safety finds. It divides these lethal mistakes into errors of commission, omission, communication, context and diagnostic errors. The smaller estimate, gleaned with help from the Global Trigger Tool , doesn’t include errors where the patient should have been treated but wasn’t.

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