Deaths from adverse events are halved in Dutch hospitals

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 28 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7147
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

The number of deaths from adverse events in hospitals in the Netherlands has halved during a national five year programme to improve safety, show figures from the country’s latest survey of harm related to care.

Researchers from the Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) and Amsterdam’s Free University Medical Centre looked at 4000 admissions among a representative sample drawn from 20 of the Netherlands’ 91 hospitals.

The study found …

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