Patient-safety events still a problem for U.S. hospitals

04/8/2009 | Reuters · Modern Healthcare (free registration)

Patient-safety events accounted for 97,755 in-hospital deaths between 2005 and 2007, according to an annual HealthGrades study of Medicare patients. The report said that there were 913,215 events overall during the period and that Medicare patients experienced a safety event every 1.7 minutes. The errors cost more than $6.9 billion over the two-year period.

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