Hospital Safety: Complications of surgery in the UK.
Posted on Jan 24, 2009
According to one source hospital treatment in the UK causes harm to the patient 10% of the time or 1 out of ten patients admitted. This was from November 2007 from the BMJ Group. Some injury is preventable and some just is not.
Some of the preventable problems were:
A mistake during surgery, causing bleeding
A delay in diagnosing a patient with cancer
Not giving preventative medicines to a patient at risk of blood clots
Giving high doses of a powerful painkiller for too long, causing a patient to become addicted.
On average, patients who were harmed by their treatment needed to stay in hospital for 7 or 8 days longer. About 6 in 10 people who suffered harm recovered within a month, but 1 in 10 had permanent disability.