Regarding “Adverse-event figures could be far higher: study”:
I'm responding to your article about the Health Affairs paper that said that one-third of all hospitalized patients at three tertiary hospitals suffered adverse events. This is consistent with two other studies that came out in November 2010, one from the inspector general of HHS and the other by Christopher Landrigan et. al. in the New England Journal of Medicine that showed that harmful adverse events had not abated in the 10 years following the publication of “To Err is Human.” This is in spite of the efforts that many, if not most, hospitals have made in the past 10 years to use systems approaches to reduce adverse events. Such approaches have had success in reducing hospital infections, but overall adverse events occur at the same or greater rate than when “To Err is Human” came out on the internet in 1999.