Preventing hospital-related deaths due to medical errors — ‘We can and must do better’


Wolters Kluwer Health

February 13, 2017 - How many patients die in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors? While debate continues over estimates based on flawed data, the US healthcare system can and must implement effective strategies to reduce adverse events and deaths, according to a special perspective article in the March Journal of Patient Safety. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Three recent reports on deaths due to medical error in US hospitals have estimated the figure to be greater than 200,000 deaths per year, according to the commentary by Dr. Kevin T. Kavanagh of Health Watch USA in Somerset, Ky., and colleagues. Dr. Kavanagh commented: "Our utmost concern is that--despite having the knowledge to prevent adverse events--many health systems do not adequately invest in patient safety to put well-known safety improvement strategies in place."

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