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More than 10% of hospital deaths could be avoided, conference is told

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 17 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:852
  1. Henry Creagh
  1. 1London

Ten per cent of deaths in hospitals may be caused by deficient care, delegates at a London conference were told last week.

This estimate comes from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, which has been running a project implementing a range of safety measures in certain hospitals. The project has resulted in a 10% reduction in the number of deaths.

The institute identified certain causes of death that could be tackled. They ranged from incorrect administration of drugs and faulty surgical procedures to postoperative deep vein thrombosis and hospital acquired infections. It identified opiates and warfarin as drugs carrying …

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