Medical errors lead to 1735 deaths

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007, THE HAGUE – Some 1,735 patients die in Dutch hospitals each year because of medical errors. Another 30,000 suffer damage during their treatment that could have been prevented. 10,000 of these people are left with permanent damage of some sort.

25 April 2007

THE HAGUE – Some 1,735 patients die in Dutch hospitals each year because of medical errors. Another 30,000 suffer damage during their treatment that could have been prevented. 10,000 of these people are left with permanent damage of some sort.

This emerged from the report "Unintentional damage in hospitals" which was presented to Public Health Minister Ab Klink today. The study was carried out by the Order of Medical Specialists. "Every preventable death is one too many," the Order said in a reaction. The specialists also stressed that risks are sometimes inevitable.

This is the first time that a study was conducted in the Netherlands into the number of fatalities and injuries from errors during medical treatment in hospitals. The previous estimates were always based on foreign research.

Almost 8,000 medical files from 21 hospitals provided the basis for the study.

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