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First Report Released on Frequency, Nature of Adverse Events in Hospitals in Ireland

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One in eight patients admitted to hospitals in Ireland over the course of a year suffers an unintended injury, with some dying, new research has revealed, with nearly three-quarters of these adverse events are preventable, writes The Irish Independent. The study, published in BMJ, is the first of its kind to examine the extent of medical mistakes and other sources of harm to patients, sometimes with grave consequences.

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