Findings from a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggest 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. Previous estimates were based on 1984 data developed from reviews of medical records of patients treated in New York hospitals. using the 1984 data, the Institute of Medicine estimated that up to 98,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. The basis of this estimate is nearly 3 decades old; herein, an updated estimate is developed from modern studies published from 2008 to 2011.
A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care
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