Thursday, January 13, 2011

No improvement on medical mistakes

Hospitals are falling short on efforts to make medical care safer, according to a recent study that collected its data from 10 N.C. hospitals.

It was the first major study to analyze harm from medical care since a well-publicized 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine sparked a movement to reduce errors and make hospitals less hazardous.

The new study, published in November in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that the most common problems - complications from procedures and drugs, and hospital-acquired infections - have not improved.

If you haven't read about the study, here's a link to the New York Times story: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/25/health/research/25patient.html?_r=1&ref=denisegrady

And here's an interesting commentary: http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2010/12/06/why-we-still-kill-patients-invisibility-inertia-and-income/

If any of you have had experience with hospital-acquired infections, I'd like to hear from you.

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