Adverse events reporting in English hospital statistics: No data were produced

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.856-c (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:856
  1. Tom Bates, chairman, Association of Breast Surgery (bates.tom@virgin.net)
  1. Association of Surgical Oncology, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PE

    EDITOR—No one should underestimate the real risks of hospital treatment and in particular of emergency surgery for elderly patients. Adverse events in hospital are under-recorded, but it should be recognised that most complications are not due to medical blunders, and more often than not mistakes are a potential, rather than an actual, threat to the lives of patients. Recording mistakes should be transparent …

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