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1 in 3 Hospitalized Patients Suffers an Adverse Event



Researchers spotlight weaknesses in medical error-detection methods, and perhaps more strikingly, find that healthcare providers are largely unaware of how many harmful errors they continue to make.



2 comments on "1 in 3 Hospitalized Patients Suffers an Adverse Event"
Martine Ehrenclou (4/8/2011 at 3:48 PM)

It is a sad state of affairs but there is much a patient can do to help prevent medical errors. First, enlist the help of a loved one to act as your advocate to help oversee and monitor your hospital medical care. Each time you have a new medical encounter, repeat your full name and date of birth. Ask the medical professional to check. I wrote a book about how to survive a hospital stay and it's full of strategies. If we work in collaboration with the hospital medical staff, we have a better chance of eliminating more medical errors. This is a team effort. My book is Critical Conditions: The Essential Hospital Guide To Get Your Loved One Out Alive.
Barry Bodie (4/7/2011 at 1:38 PM)

After doing this for nearly thirty years, I am amazed that no matter how careful you are, how much you try to prevent adverse consequences or how diligently you watch things, people are still going to have problems because of worn out immune systems, aging and the ravages of untreated and often ignored disease. Are we going to punish doctors for pulmonary embolism in an obese, smoking diabetic, lung cancer patient requiring ventilatory support because of a community acquired pneumonia. Why are we listing wound infections in patients operated on for diverticular abscesses or gangrenous gallbladders? All this is not in the interest of treating patients as they come to use, but in the interest of saving money at the expense of good medical care.