A recent news article outlined a study done by researcher Jennifer Taylor from Drexel University. Ms. Taylor analyzed discharge data for Pennsylvania hospitals for a year. The study included 1.9 million patients. The researcher found that close to 10% of all patients experienced some kind of patient safety issue. The issues included infections, receiving the wrong medication(s) and experiencing some surgical error or miscellaneous problem.
Ms. Taylor’s conclusion was that hospitals should be using and analyzing this data to prevent medical errors in the future. She stated that the data is used by state health departments and in public settings. She suggests that if hospitals properly utilize this information a lot of these incidents may be prevented. The researcher also concluded that the data can help pinpoint which patients may be most at risk. The study found that patients over 70 were more likely to experience patient safety events.