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Billions Spent on Medical Errors

According to recent reports, from 2004 through 2006, medical and hospital errors have resulted in 238, 337 deaths in the U.S., that were potentially preventable.

The Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study reports these deaths have occurred in patients with Medicare and have cost of the Medicare program $8.8 billion.

Medical Error Rates

In a recent analysis of 41 million Medicare patient records that was conducted by HealthGrades, patients who were treated at top performing hospitals were 43 percent less likely to experience one or more medical errors than patients with worse performance rates.

The medical error rate was an estimated three percent for all Medicare patients during the three years that were included in the analysis.

More Findings

Patients who experienced a patient safety incident reportedly had a 20 percent chance of dying because of the occurrence.

From 2004 to 2006 there was reportedly an increase in post-operative respiratory failure, post-operative pulmonary embolism and post-operative sepsis.

Common Errors

The most common types of medical errors reported were bed sores, failure to rescue, and post-operative respiratory failure.

Together, these types of medical errors accounted for about 63.4 percent of all incidents documented.

(Source: Washington Post)

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