Tuesday, April 12, 2011
HHS takes aim at medical errors, health care costs
According to a newly released study in Health Affairs, one in three patients hospitalized suffer some sort of medical error or adverse event, and approximately one in 20 get a hospital related infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, nearly 2 million Americans get an infection when hospitalized. More than a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine found that up to 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors.
"We've known for years that millions of Americans are unnecessarily harmed in the hospital every year from preventable infections and other medical errors," said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project.