Practical Reviews

Are You Feeling Lucky? Risk of In-Hospital Deaths Assessed

In 2011, John Goodman and colleagues reported that medical errors result in up to 187,000 deaths and 6.1 million injuries during hospitalization each year in the U.S. ( Health Aff 2011; 30 [April]: 590-595). In 2006, estimated social costs (lives lost and disability) of these medical errors ranged from $393 billion to $958 billion (18% to 45% of total U.S. health care expenditures in 2006). In this study, the authors state that a patient’s risk of dying from an adverse medical even more...
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