Dynamic Chiropractic - May 22, 1995, Volume 13, Issue 11

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How Safe Are Hospitals?

The number of "adverse drug events" (ADEs) in U.S. hospitals is alarming. A serious drug related error occurs in one out of every 14 patients!

horizontal graph using hospital beds

Adverse Drug Events - 6.5% (2% are preventable)

Additional Drug-Related Errors - 5.5%

Total Serious Drug Related Errors - 7.3%

SOURCE: "Prevention of Drug-Related Complications," Harvard School of Public Health, September 22, 1994.

Editor's Note: While this issue was addressed in a similar graph in the November 18, 1994 issue, a more thorough analysis of the study is presented here.