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Most, and possibly all wrong-patient errors are preventable, according to a recent report from ECRI Institute PSO in Plymouth Meeting, PA.
Errors in patient identification mistakes are usually discovered before they can harm the patient, but can result in patient deaths when they do cause harm, ECRI reports in The ECRI Institute PSO Deep Dive: Patient Identification. ECRI estimates that 9% of the events led to temporary or permanent harm or even death.
The findings are based on thousands of patient error reports, according to a statement announcing the results. ECRI researchers studied more than 7,600 wrong-patient events occurring over a 32-month period. The events were voluntarily submitted by 181 healthcare organizations, and may represent only a small percentage of all wrong-patient events.
The following are some of the key findings:
A summary of the report is available at: www.ecri.org/patientid.
Author Greg Freeman, Managing Editor Jill Drachenberg, Associate Managing Editor Dana Spector, and Consulting Editor Patrice Spath report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study.