Over the years, numerous studies have been published that seek to shine light on the number of individuals who die due to avoidable medical mistakes every year. This number is rather shockingly high, and has only increased with each study published. According to a new report from the Journal of Patient Safety, the conclusion is haunting:
Using a weighted average of the 4 studies, a lower limit of 210,000 deaths per year was associated with preventable harm in hospitals. Given limitations in the search capability of the Global Trigger Tool and the incompleteness of medical records on which the Tool depends, the true number of premature deaths associated with preventable harm to patients was estimated at more than 400,000 per year. Serious harm seems to be 10- to 20-fold more common than lethal harm.
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