According to a report conducted by Milliman, a consulting group, hospital errors in the United States result in $19.5 billion in costs and 2,500 excess deaths. Researchers reported that in 2008, 1.5 million injuries were related to medical errors.
This eye-opening report defined a medical error as a “preventable adverse outcome of medical care that is a result of improper medical management (a mistake of commission) rather than a progression of an illness due to lack of care (a mistake of omission).”
The types of medical errors are pretty extensive, but researchers were able to compile a “top 10” list, which accounted for 69 percent of the total medical errors. This list includes:
- Pressure ulcers
- Post-op infections
- Device complications
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
- Infections from an infusion, injection, transfusion or vaccination
- Infections from a central venous catheter
- Complications of an internal device, implant or graft
- Ventral hernias
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