HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Patient safety study provides first national estimate of adverse events in Canadian hospitals

NOTE: The embargo on this release has been lifted early.

This release is also available in French

The first national study of patient safety in Canadian hospitals estimates that 7.5 per cent of people hospitalized in Canada have experienced an adverse event as a result of their care.

"The Canadian Adverse Events Study: the incidence of adverse events in hospital patients in Canada", to be published in the May 25 edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that the overall rate of adverse events in 2000 was 7.5 per 100 patient admissions, not including pediatric, obstetric or psychiatric admissions. This rate suggests that 185,000 of the almost 2.5 million medical and surgical admissions in Canada in 2000 were associated with an adverse event defined as an unintended injury or complication resulting in death, disability or prolonged hospital stay caused by health care management rather than the patient's underlying condition.

Researchers from seven Canadian universities, led by the University of Toronto (U of T) and the University of Calgary (U of C), analysed the adverse event rate after reviewing 3,745 adult patient charts, randomly selected from 20 acute care hospitals across five provinces (B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia). The study also found that:

  • the majority of adverse events resulted in temporary disability or prolonged hospital stay
  • five per cent of patients who experienced adverse events were judged to have a permanent disability
  • adverse events were associated with death in 1.6 per cent of patients admitted to acute care hospitals
  • surgical care accounted for the largest number of adverse events
  • close to 37 per cent of adverse events in the study were potentially preventable. Based on this, the researchers estimate there were 70,000 preventable adverse events across the country
    '"/>



24-May-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Patients newly diagnosed with HIV are more likely to enter outpatient care with case management
2. Patient with drug-resistant form of HIV identified
3. Patient knows best when it comes to ulcerative colitis, U-M study finds
4. Patients with cancer have highly increased risk for blood clots
5. Patients with previous heart attacks may not benefit from pacemaker implant
6. Patients with cancer detected on screening mammography undergo less toxic treatment
7. Patient protection laws dont favor health providers
8. Patients with moderate or severe hand dermatitis responsive to drug therapy
9. Patients with abdominal trauma at risk for intra-abdominal infections following surgery
10. Patients who are intubated prior to hospital arrival fare worse find Pitt researchers
11. Patients undergoing weight loss surgery have high rates of H pylori bacteria

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/3/2020)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... September 03, 2020 , ... ... announced it is sponsoring the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual signature ... a million people across hundreds of U.S. cities to raise awareness of suicide ...
(Date:9/3/2020)... ... 2020 , ... International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) recently bestowed the ... This advanced LED wireless dimming controller, along with the previously IDA approved Dimulator, ... against light pollution. Leo Smith, the Northeast Regional Director for IDA says “We ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 , ... Feeding ... care for children with Pediatric Feeding Disorder (PFD), is pleased to announce that the ... a stand-alone diagnostic code (R code) in the next edition of the U.S. ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 31, 2020 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) ... research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, ... Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) and its international Light it Red for Lymphoma ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... management solution for chiropractors, announced today the launch of its integrated, HIPAA compliant, ... start running their virtual practice in under 90 seconds. , According to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... laboratory technologies, will host the Agilent Science and Technology Virtual Symposium 2020 ... two-day symposium, Agilent will open a suite of Live webinars and Networking sessions, ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... DENVER (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... has been appointed to serve as Secretary to the Board of Trustees ... , Mile High United Way is a Denver-based nonprofit organization that fights ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... DETROIT (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 , ... Breast ... Centers of Disease Control (CDC), About 3% of breast cancers (about 7,500 women per ... mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Both genes are detectable in the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: