This study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, looks at the frequency, preventability and severity of patient harm in a random sample of admissions from 11 Massachusetts hospitals during 2018. From this sample, it identified adverse events in nearly one in four admissions, approximately a quarter of which were deemed as preventable.
This study looked at the frequency and types of harm in 11 hospitals in Massachusetts, considering a sample of 2809 randomly selected admissions. It identified at least one adverse event in 23.6% of these admissions. Among the adverse events, around 22.7% of these were judged to be preventable.
Discussing the findings, the authors note that preventable adverse events were identified in approximately 7% of all admissions in this sample, with those categorised as serious, life-threatening or fatal identified in approximately 1%. The most common type of event was adverse drug events (39%), followed by adverse events related to a surgical or other procedure (30.4%).
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