View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
By State Requirement
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
THURSDAY, July 19 (HealthDay News) -- Approximately 12,000 hospital deaths in England each year are preventable, according to research published online July 7 in BMJ Quality & Safety.
Helen Hogan, M.D., of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and colleagues conducted a retrospective, case review study involving 1,000 adults who died in 10 acute hospitals in England in 2009. The authors sought to determine whether or not these deaths were preventable.
The researchers found that, overall, 5.2 percent of the deaths were rated as likely being preventable. Extrapolating from this percentage yielded an estimate of 11,859 preventable deaths in hospitals in England during 2009. Sixty percent of these deaths occurred in elderly, frail patients with multiple comorbidities who were thought to have one year or less to live. The primary causes of preventable death identified included poor clinical monitoring (31.3 percent), diagnostic errors (29.7 percent), and inadequate drug or fluid management (21.1 percent).
"The incidence of preventable hospital deaths is much lower than previous estimates. The burden of harm from preventable problems in care is still substantial," the authors write. "A focus on deaths may not be the most efficient approach to identify opportunities for improvement given the low proportion of deaths due to problems with health care."
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top