Errors still common in U.S. Hospitals.

Errors still common in U.S. Hospitals.

Reuters recently published a study which outlines that about one in three people in the United States will encounter some type of mistake during a hospital stay as reported by U.S. researchers.

The findings for this research, which used a new tool for measuring hospital errors, is about 10 times higher than estimates using older methods, suggesting much work remains in efforts to improve health quality. During interviews Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs, stated that the U.S. hospital system has a great deal of work to do in order to achieve a health care system that is not only consistently high quality, but also safe, effective, patient-centered, efficient, timely, and devoid of disparities based on race or ethnicity.

Reports say that medical errors can range from bedsores to objects left in the body after surgery, to life-threatening staph infections. In a study by Jill Van Den Bos and colleagues at the Denver Health practice of the Milliman Inc consulting firm it was found that 10 types of errors accounted for more than two-thirds of an estimated $17.1 billion worth of insurance claims from 2008.

You can read the full article at Reuters.