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How Common Are Inpatient Adverse Events?

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  1. You are a member of the healthcare team who sits on a hospital safety committee and have been tasked with the examination of historical benchmarks for adverse events (AEs). What can you share with your team as the approximate rate of AEs per hospital admission in the Harvard Medical Practice Study (HMPS), which was published in 1991?
  2. A colleague points out that you are citing data that are nearly 4 decades old. What can you tell him -- regarding the results of the current study by Bates and colleagues?
    ≥ 1 AE was found in nearly 24% of admissions
    Over half of AEs were preventable
    The most common AE was healthcare-associated infection
    The most common AE was diagnostic error