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Study: 1 in 20 patients can be impacted by preventable harm in medical care

August 01, 2019 - 12:22 pm
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There is a disturbing report in the British Medical Journal and it should serve as a warning for all of us to either provide care or receive care in the hospital setting. 

According to the study, one in 20 patients can be impacted by preventable harm in medical care, and this has accounted for as much as 12% of cases of permanent disability or death. 

Another way of looking at it is that preventable harm accounts for $9.3 billion in excess charges for healthcare. 

The information comes from a review of over 70 separate studies involving over 300,000 people. 

Preventable harm was most common in patients treated in surgical and intensive care units and was lowest an obstetric units. 

There has been a growing effort in hospitals and an overall medical care to examine ways to reduce preventable errors.