Hospital Safety: The Shocking Truth

An infographic recently released by AcceleratedNursing.net reveals the startling statistics on patient safety in America.

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We previously cited The Journal of Patient Safety, which published a study reporting that as many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. In other words, 50 people die every hour from a preventable hospital error.

Among the causes of these preventable deaths:
  • Falls
    • 300,000 falls in medical units, especially among the elderly
    • 82,000 of those falls leading to injury 
  • Medication Errors 
    • 7,000 deaths a year
    • Contributing factors
      • Communication errors
      • Drug labeling errors
      • Inadequate lighting
      • Cluttered work space
      • Distractions
      • Fatigue
  • Drug Resistant Illnesses
  • Hospital Acquired Infection
    • 25% of preventable deaths most commonly through
      • Central line-associated bloodstream infections
      • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
      • Surgical site infections
      • Clostridium difficile (bacteria) infections
Click here to view full infographic in full size, and more information on sources.

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