1,000 dead because of medical errors

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007, HILVERSUM – At least 1,000 people die in Dutch hospitals each year as a result of errors by doctors and nursing staff. The television programme NOVA announced last night that this is contained in a report that the Order of Medical Specialists will present on Wednesday. The number could be as many as 2,000 each year.

25 April 2007

HILVERSUM – At least 1,000 people die in Dutch hospitals each year as a result of errors by doctors and nursing staff. The television programme NOVA announced last night that this is contained in a report that the Order of Medical Specialists will present on Wednesday. The number could be as many as 2,000 each year.

These deaths are the result of inaccurate diagnoses, errors in the administration of medicine (wrong medicine, or right medicine not administered properly), sometimes also because of sloppiness in keeping patient records.

A spokesperson for the Order says that the report is more precise with regard to numbers, but did not want to specify further until the report is presented. For the first time the Order based its research on patients' files.

The information gathered is from 2004.

Last weekend Jelle Prins of the University of Groningen presented a study indicating that medical specialists in training make at least 1,000 mistakes each year that have serious consequences for the patient. These errors are reportedly due to excessive workloads and lack of proper supervision.

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Subject: Dutch news

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