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Medical errors cost US $8.8B, result in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths: HealthGrades study
Date:4/7/2008

idents studied:

  • Accidental puncture or laceration
  • Complications of anesthesia
  • Death in low-mortality DRGs
  • Decubitus ulcer (bed sores)
  • Failure to rescue
  • Foreign body left in during procedure
  • Iatrogenic pneumothorax
  • Selected infections due to medical care
  • Post-operative hemorrhage or hematoma
  • Post-operative hip fracture
  • Post-operative physiologic metabolic derangement
  • Post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis
  • Post-operative respiratory failure
  • Post-operative sepsis
  • Post-operative abdominal wound dehiscence
  • Transfusion reaction

Distinguished Hospital Awards and Findings

Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals studied, the HealthGrades study identified 249 hospitals those in the top five percent of all hospitals to serve as a benchmark against which other hospitals can be evaluated, naming them Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety.

On average, these hospitals had a 43 percent lower rate of patient-safety incidents when compared with the poorest-performing hospitals. If all hospitals performed at the level of the Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety, the study found:

  • Approximately 220,106 patient safety incidents and 37,214 Medicare deaths could have been avoided during 2004 to 2006

and

  • More than $2.0 billion of costs could have been avoided during the three years.

To be ranked in overall patient-safety performance, hospitals had to be rated in at least 17 of the 27 procedures and diagnoses rated by HealthGrades and have a current overall HealthGrades star rating of at least 2.5 out of 5.0. The final ranking set included 767 teaching hospitals and 891 non-teaching hospitals. The top 15 percent, or 249 hospitals, were identified as Distinguished Hospitals for Patient Safety, and represent less than five percent of all U.S. hospitals examined in the study.

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Contact: Scott Shapiro
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720-963-6584
HealthGrades
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