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Costs of preventable harm could pay for thousands of nurses, BMJ study finds

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 17 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4722

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Prevalence, severity, and nature of preventable patient harm across medical care settings

  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Preventable harm affects around one in 20 patients (6%) in medical care, with around 12% of those dying or becoming permanently disabled as a result, a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The BMJ has found.1

The review of 70 studies conducted mainly in the US and Europe showed that the harm mostly related to drug incidents and invasive procedures and was more common in …

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