posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 06:31 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- As many as 195,000 people a year could be dying in U.S. hospitals because of easily prevented errors, a company said Tuesday
in an estimate that doubles previous figures.
Lakewood, Colorado-based HealthGrades Inc. said its data covers all 50 states and is more up-to-date than a 1999 study from the Institute of Medicine
that said 98,000 people a year die from medical errors.
The U.S. government said it is trying to spearhead a move to get hospitals and clinics to use electronic databases and prescribing methods. The
Institute of Medicine report said many deaths were due to medication prescribing errors or to errors in delivering medications.
HealthGrades included as mistakes failure to rescue dying patients and the death of low-risk patients from infections -- neither of which the
Institute of Medicine report included.
It said it found about 1.14 million "patient-safety incidents" occurred among the 37 million hospitalizations.
Is it me, or is that number alarming to anyone else ? It's actually a scary thing to be hospitalized, I mean, even more so than the usual
"fears" and "worries" of seeing your doctor... you just never know what's going to happen.