Preventable adverse events at New Jersey hospitals resulted in at least 57 patient deaths in 2005, according to a state analysis. Because of time constraints, the published analysis didnt include 22 of the 376 preventable adverse events reported by the hospitals in 2005, the state said. Hospitals must report preventable adverse events under the states 2-year-old Patient Safety Act. The state plans to publish an analysis of the data annually. Some 38% of the events were categorized as care management problems, such as pressure ulcers, and 35% were identified as related to the hospital environment, such as falls. The most frequent consequences were longer stays (37%), additional patient monitoring (36%), additional tests (29%) and major surgery (28%). Read the analysis. -- by Joseph Mantone
N.J. issues analysis of hospital errors
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