In November 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General did a report on Adverse Events in Hospitals – National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries. Some of the findings included:
An estimated 13.5 percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays
An additional 13.5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced events during their hospital stays that resulted in temporary harm.
Physician reviewers determined that 44 percent of adverse and temporary harm events were clearly or likely preventable.
See link below to read the rest of the report:
Levinson, DR. Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries. Nov. 2010 OEI-06-09-00090
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