2 or more medical errors with adverse consequences, affecting 2.6% of patients, increased mortality in intensive care units

Dodek, Peter
May 2010
ACP Journal Club;5/18/2010, Vol. 152 Issue 5, p11
Academic Journal
The article presents a study that examines medical errors of high mortality and death risk associated with intensive care unit (ICU). It discusses the cohort study of 1369 patients who were treated in ICUs, during a one week study period, where 1192 medical errors were reported in 367 patients. However it concludes that medical errors of varying severity are common in ICUs but do not increase risk for death except among the 2.6 percent of patients who had 2 errors resulting in adverse events.


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