According to an article by Red Orbit on Thursday, Sept. 19, about 14 for every 100 admissions experiences negative effects at hospitals.
Modern medicine has come quite a long way over the years, and within the past two decades large advancements have been made in safety and quality of care. That said, over 43 million are injured annually due to various unsafe medical care as well, and that results in healthy life being snuffed out by the mark of 23 million, according to the BMJ Quality and Safety study.
The latest report written by the World Health Organization and Harvard School of Public health noted that based on its research that reviewed 4,000 articles were published within the last two decades.
“Though suffering related to the lack of access to care in many countries remains, these findings suggest the importance of critically evaluating the quality and safety of the care provided once a person accesses health services,” the authors wrote.
“When patients are sick, they should not be further harmed by unsafe care,” they added. “This should be a major policy emphasis for all nations.”
“This is the first attempt to quantify the human suffering that results from unsafe care,” noted study author Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management at HSPH. “We find that millions of people around the world are hurt, disabled, and sometimes even die as a result of medical errors.”
The report also identified seven signs of substandard care that were common. Improper medication, urinary tract infections stemming from catheter use, bloodstream infections from the same, pneumonia from hospitals, blood clots, falls, and bed sores were all on the common listing. Not only are hospital conditions substandard but it's also known that patients get bed sores in nursing homes as well.
The authors of the study modeled the impact of the events on the hospitalized patients across the globe. To show true impact, the team utilized a metric titled “disability-adjusted life years”, which was used to derive from years of healthy life found lost stemming from poor health and disability or early death.
The team found premature death was the largest reason for loss in DALY, with almost 79% of adverse events were found in high-income countries, while 81% of events in low-middle-income countries.
The team noted that 14 for every 100 admissions would experience adverse events in high income countries, while 13 for every 100 would see the same in middle-income countries.
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