According to the report, each year, between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans die as a result of preventable errors in hospitals, such as hospital-acquired infections, adverse drug reactions, patient falls and bedsores — numbers equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every day with no survivors.
Research has also found that the direct costs of medical errors total $19.5 billion annually and that the economic costs of medical errors, including lost productivity, could be as much as $1 trillion a year.
The report lists the 9 most common medical errors as follows.
- Adverse Drug Events
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
- Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections
- Injuries from Falls and Immobility
- Obstetrical Adverse Events
- Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores)
- Surgical Site Infections
- Venous Thromboembolism (Blood Clots)
- Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia