Medicare Releases Information on Medical Errors in Hospitals Across the Nation

Medicare is now publishing information on medical errors to allow the public to compare the safety records of more than 4,700 hospitals nationwide.

The government health plan officially released data Wednesday  which details occurrences of eight serious and preventable medical errors. Since 2008, Medicare has not reimbursed hospitals for the care incurred by theses specific events — including air bubbles in the bloodstream, falls, bedsores, infusions with the wrong blood type, urinary tract infections, blood infections, uncontrolled blood-sugar levels and foreign objects left in the body after surgery.

According the the medicare report, falls are the most common preventable injury in hospitals, at one for every 2,000 patient stays. Severe bedsores or pressure ulcers are the next most common preventable event. The federal government estimates that 180,000 Medicare recipients die each year from hospital mistakes. For more, read the story.

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