One in seven Medicare patients harmed from medical care

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

November 17, 2010

A new government study has found that approximately 134,000 out of 1 million discharged Medicare patients in October 2008 were harmed from medical care, reports USA Today.

The study studied a nationally representative sample of 780 patients. Of those patients, 12 died as a result of hospital care. Five of those incidents were related to anticoagulants, while two others involved inadequate insulin management.

The National Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found the results "alarming," according to USA Today.

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