More than 2 million patient injuries
Medical errors that caused harm to patients cost the U.S. $17.1 billion in 2008, according a review by the Seattle consulting firm Milliman Inc. of medical claims from 2001 through 2008 that also was published in the current issue of Health Affairs. Jill Van Den Bos, a Milliman health-care consultant, is the lead author.
The study identified about 564,000 injuries to patients admitted to U.S. hospitals and 1.8 million injuries to people using outpatient services. The most common and most expensive injuries were pressure sores and infections following surgery, Van Den Bos and her colleagues conclude.