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Johns Hopkins researchers estimate rate of surgical ‘never events’ as 4,044 per year in US based on malpractice claims

Based on an analysis of malpractice claims data from the National Practitioner Data Bank for the period 1990 to 2010, researchers from Johns Hopkins have estimated that 4,044 surgical never events occur in the US per year.  The study found that actual malpractice payments totaled $1.3 billion over the 20-year period studied.  They calculated the rate of patients who died, those who were permanently injured, and those who were temporarily injured as well.

Source: Johns Hopkins malpractice study: surgical ‘never events’ occur at least 4,000 times per year.  Press Release, Dec. 19, 2012.  Click here for full text: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/johns_hopkins_malpractice_study_surgical_never_events_occur_at_least_4000_times_per_year .  The study referred to is:  Mehtsun, W.T., and others.  Surgical never events in the United States.  Surgery;153(4):465-472, Apr. 2013.  Click here to purchase the article as published in the journal: http://www.surgjournal.com/article/S0039-6060%2812%2900623-X/abstract ; or, click here for a free “in press” version of the article: http://content.hcpro.com/pdf/content/287732.pdf  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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