Basic Summary for Medical misadventure


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Main name of condition: Medical misadventure
Other names or spellings: Medical errors, Medical mistakes


What is Medical misadventure?
  Brief description of Medical misadventure: Any type of medical error such as surgical, hospital or medication issues, mistakes or adverse reactions.
  Parent types of Medical misadventure: Iatrogenic conditions
  Types of Medical misadventure: Medication errors, Medication overdose, Medical procedure errors, IV infection, Catheter infection, Central line infection, Transfusion reaction, Surgery errors, Surgical foreign body, Surgical complication, Anesthesia adverse reaction, Transplant rejection, Iatrogenic Pneumothorax, Postoperative septicemia, Postoperative Pulmonary Embolus, Postoperative Respiratory Failure, Postoperative Hemorrhage, Postoperative Hematoma, Postoperative Abdominal Wound Dehiscence, Misdiagnosis, Nosocomial infection, Iatrogenic infection, Iatrogenic disorder, Postoperative complications, Decubitus Ulcer, Postoperative infection, Postoperative fall, Postoperative hip fracture
How many people get Medical misadventure?
  Incidence (annual) of Medical misadventure: 1.14 million total patient safety incidents occurred among 37 million hospitalisations in the US 2000-02 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  Incidence Rate of Medical misadventure: approx 1 in 238 or 0.42% or 1.1 million people in USA [about data]
How serious is Medical misadventure?
  Deaths for Medical misadventure: 98,000 preventable deaths from medical errors annually in America (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  Cause of death rank for Medical misadventure: 6th leading cause of death in the US (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
Society issues for Medical misadventure
  Costs of Medical misadventure: $17 to $29 billion per year (Institute of Medicine report).

Cost statistics for Medical misadventure: The following are statistics from various sources about costs and Medical misadventure:

  • $2.85 billion is spent on medical errors annually in America (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $463.13 million in excess cost for accidental puncture or laceration was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $258.33 million in excess cost for post-operative haemorrhage or hematoma was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $17.25 million in excess cost for foreign bodies left in during a procedure was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $1.88 million in excess cost for complications of anaesthesia was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $183.64 million in excess cost for post-operative physiologic and metabolic derangements was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $1.4 million spent on post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis annually in America 2000-02 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $1,397.39 million in excess cost for post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $774.17 million in excess cost for post-operative respiratory failure was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $128.71 million in excess cost for post-operative wound dehiscence was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $1,706.39 million in excess cost for selected infections resulting from medical care was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)
  • $3.367 million in excess cost for transfusion reactions was attributable to patient safety incidents in the US 2000-2002 (Patient Safety in American Hospitals, Health Grades 2004)

  Hospitalization statistics for Medical misadventure: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Medical misadventure:
  • 0.99% (126,182) of hospital episodes were for complications of surgical and medical care in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultations for complications of surgical and medical care required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital episodes for complications of surgical and medical care were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 50% of hospital episodes for complications of surgical and medical care were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital admissions for complications of surgical and medical care required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 8.8 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for complications of surgical and medical care in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for complications of surgical and medical care in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 55 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for complications of surgical and medical care in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospitalisations for complications of surgical and medical care occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24% of hospitalisations for complications of surgical and medical care occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 9% of hospitalisations for complications of surgical and medical care were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1.59% (836,271) of hospital bed days were for complications of surgical and medical care in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.01% (1,303) of hospital consultant episodes were for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 98% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (580) of hospital bed days were for postprocedural endocrine and metabolic disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.003% (32) of hospital consultant episodes were for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 72% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 28 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 100% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0% of hospital consultant episodes for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0002% (85) of hospital bed days were for complications of anaesthesia during pregnancy in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

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