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