One in four Medicare patients is harmed in hospitals, nearly half are preventable

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According to a HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) report.

Among approximately 1 million Medicare patients who were discharged from hospitals in October 2018, a total of 258,323 experienced a temporary or adverse harm event during their stay.

And 12% experienced events that led to longer stays, life-saving interventions, permanent damage, or death. “This projects 121,089 Medicare patients who experienced at least one adverse event during the 1-month study period,” the report stated.

Of these adverse events, 45% were said to have been preventable. According to the report, such events were related to poor or inappropriate care, for example, the use of more aggressive pain management regimens than necessary after surgery, or unnecessary delays in scheduling surgeries.

In one of the many case studies and patient stories included in the report, a patient required surgery to remove dead tissue from the […]

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