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Is The Hospital A Health Provider Or The Grim Reaper?

April 09, 2006

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Be sure you have your will updated before checking into the hospital. Hospital deaths caused by medical errors continue to rise. They are probably increasing at just about the rate that the tort reform effort has diminished patient rights to file claims. If this trend continues we will not have a Social Security or a Medicare crisis.

Medical News Today provides the sobering news about the grim reaper/health provider hospital industry.

Medical Errors Leading Cause Of Death In Hospitals, Study Says

Medical errors remain a leading cause of death and injury at hospitals nationwide, and the effort to improve patient safety at the facilities "is too slow and should be a cause for great alarm," according to a study released on Monday by HealthGrades, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports.

For the study, researchers examined the records of Medicare beneficiaries treated at about 5,000 hospitals nationwide between 2002 and 2004 and used 13 patient safety indicators developed by the federal government to evaluate admissions (Mulder, Syracuse Post-Standard, 4/3).

The study finds that about 1.24 million patient safety incidents occurred between 2002 and 2004, compared with 1.14 million between 2000 and 2002, at a cost of $9.3 billion.

According to the study, failure to save the lives of Medicare beneficiaries who developed complications, bloodstream infections and bedsores accounted for almost 63% of the patient safety incidents (Nelson, Knoxville News-Sentinel, 4/3). Almost 25% of Medicare beneficiaries who experienced patient safety incidents died between 2002 and 2004, and 82% of those deaths likely were preventable, according to the study.

The study finds that hospitals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Kansas ranked highest on patient safety and that facilities in New York, New Jersey, Nevada, Tennessee and the District of Columbia ranked lowest (Syracuse Post-Standard, 4/3).

Samantha Collier, vice president of medical affairs for HealthGrades, said, "Overall, we see the number of patient safety incidents in American hospitals continuing to increase, at an enormous cost, and we still see a large gap between the incidence rates at the nation's top-performing and worst-performing hospitals" (Knoxville News-Sentinel, 4/3).

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