Relevant Facts & Statistics

Up to 98,000 patients die annually in hospitals due to medical errors.
IOM, To Err is Human Report, 1999

An estimated 1.7 million healthcare associated infections occur each year leading to 99,000 deaths.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections – Washington, D.C., HHS, June 2009

Adverse medication events cause more than 770,000 injuries and deaths each year at a cost as high as $5.6 billion annually.
Classen DC, Pestotnik SL, Evans RS, et al. Classen DC, Pestotnik SL, Evans RS, et al. Adverse drug events in hospitalized patients. JAMA 1997;277(4):301-6
Cullen DJ, Sweitzer BJ, Bates DW, et al. Preventable adverse drug events in hospitalized patients: A comparative study of intensive care and general care units. Crit Care Med 1997;25(8):1289-97

An estimated $19.5 billion dollars in health care costs are attributable to medical errors (2008 estimate).
Jacoby M, Sullivan T, Warren E. Medical problems and bankruptcy filings. Norton’s Bankruptcy Law Advisor 2000 May; 5:1-12

On the national level, quality and safety of care are improving slowly; but safety improvement is lagging behind. Of 33 safety indicators, 17 improved, but 8 stayed the same and 8 were worse over time.
AHRQ 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report

Missouri’s overall health care quality ranking remains average, with only slight improvement in patient indicators, ranking 20th in the nation.
AHRQ 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report

In the United States, approximately 250,000 CLABSIs are estimated to occur each year, associated with a death rate of 12-25% and extended hospital stays, at a cost of up to $56,000 per infection.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011


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