Safety incidents in over 65s cost US hospitals $9bn over two years

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 01 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1880
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The safety of patients aged more than 65 years in US hospitals has not improved in the past five years according to results of the annual study by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organisation.

    Patient safety has been a high profile issue in America since the US Institute of Medicine issued “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” in 1999. That report said nearly 100 000 patients died every year from errors in US hospitals.

    The latest report from HealthGrades found that between 2006 and 2008 there were almost a million patient safety events affecting 908 401 patients in the 39.5 million Medicare hospitalisations.

    The safety events were 2.29% of the admissions, and resulted in $8.9bn …

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