Medical Error | Medical Error Statistics
Medical error statistics show that approximately 195,000 people are killed every year by medical errors in the US. The study notes that about 1.14 million patient-safety incidents occurred among the 37 million hospitalizations in the Medicare population over the years 2000-2002. Hospital costs associated with such medical errors were estimated at $324 million in October 2008 alone.
Between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits are brought against doctors each year.
A medical error is a preventable adverse effect of care, whether or not it is evident or harmful to the patient. This might include an inaccurate or incomplete diagnosis or treatment of a disease, injury, syndrome, behavior, infection, or other ailment.
- 2 Impact
- 3 Causes
- 4 Examples of errors
- 5 After an error has occurred
- 5.1 Recognizing that mistakes are not isolated events
- 5.2 Placing the practice of medicine in perspective
- 5.3 Disclosing mistakes
- 5.4 Cause-specific preventive measures
- 5.5 In specific specialties
- 5.6 Legal procedure
- 6 Methods to improve safety and reduce error
- 7 Misconceptions of medical error