According to a number of recent studies, adverse events in hospitals are actually far more commonplace than previously thought – in fact, statistics indicate medical errors affect 1 in 3 hospitalized patients.
In one analysis of data, it was determined almost 900,000 people died as a result of medical mistakes in 2008, claiming more lives in the United States than illness or disease.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an independent not-for-profit organization that studies injury rates in hospitals, found 40 to 50 incidents of harm occur for every 100 hospital admissions. That equates to 15 million patients suffering adverse events out of the approximately 37 million who are admitted to hospitals each year. In addition to the injuries, suffering and lives lost, such errors cost the medical system more than $17 billion annually.