Friday, April 21, 2017

Now This Is A Really Sobering Statistic. - I Hope We Are A Bit Better!

This appeared last week:

Medical mistakes still kill 1,000 patients a day, Leapfrog says

Though new safety grades show problems persist, hundreds of hospitals are excelling at prevention based on the latest Hospital Safety Grade
April 12, 2017 02:21 PM
The Leapfrog Group on Wednesday released its Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Grade, highlighting hundreds of hospitals that are leading in preventing deadly medical errors at their facilities.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the first and only national healthcare rating focused on errors, accidents and infections, assigns A through F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals.
Leapfrog rated 2,639 hospitals, and 823 hospitals earned an A, 706 earned a B, 933 earned a C, and 167 earned a D.
Unfortunately, 10 hospitals received an F grade.
The five states with the highest percentage of A hospitals in this rating are Maine, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Idaho.
Maine is the only state to sustain its ranking as one of the top five states in percentage of A-graded hospitals since the Safety Grade began in 2012.
Over time there have been significant strides in improving patient safety, said Leapfrog CEO Leah Binder, pointing to a 21 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, increased adoption and improved functionality of computerized physician order entry systems, and millions of averted patient harms.
Still, 1,000 people a day are estimated to die from medical errors.
More depressing details here:
On a population basis that is about 80 per day or close to 30,000 per annum.
I think we need to keep this figure in focus as we work out what e-health might be able to do!

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