Adverse events in British hospitals: preliminary retrospective record review

Vincent, C., Neale, G. and Woloshynowych, M. 2001. Adverse events in British hospitals: preliminary retrospective record review. BMJ. 322, pp. 517-519. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.517

TitleAdverse events in British hospitals: preliminary retrospective record review
TypeJournal article
AuthorsVincent, C., Neale, G. and Woloshynowych, M.
Abstract

Objectives: To examine the feasibility of detecting adverse events through record review in British hospitals and to make preliminary estimates of the incidence and costs of adverse events.

Design: Retrospective review of 1014 medical and nursing records.

Setting: Two acute hospitals in Greater London area.

Main outcome measure: Number of adverse events.

Results: 110 (10.8%) patients experienced an adverse event, with an overall rate of adverse events of 11.7% when multiple adverse events were included. About half of these events were judged preventable with ordinary standards of care. A third of adverse events led to moderate or greater disability or death.

Conclusions: These results suggest that adverse events are a serious source of harm to patients and a large drain on NHS resources. Some are major events; others are frequent, minor events that go unnoticed in routine clinical care but together have massive economic consequences

JournalBMJ
Journal citation322, pp. 517-519
ISSN1759-2151
Year2001
PublisherBMJ
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.517
Web address (URL)https://www.bmj.com/content/322/7285/517
Publication dates
Published2001

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