9/24/11

Under reporting of hospital errors -- a major problem?

Medical errors and other adverse events occur in one-third of hospital admissions according to authors of a new study.


This is much, much higher than the number of incidences voluntarily reported.   The study reviewed 795 patient records: voluntary reporting detected 4 events, while a "Global Trigger Tool" detected 354 events, 88 times higher than voluntary reporting. 


The authors note:   "Reliance on voluntary reporting ... could produce misleading conclusions about the current safety of care in the US health care system and misdirect efforts to improve patient safety."


OCHU has raised concerns that hospital self-reporting of superbug infections may underestimate the extent of the problems.



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