Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Mistakes in Dutch Hospitals Lead to Many Deaths

The Order of Medical Specialists says that mistakes in hospitals result from misunderstandings in collaboration between departments. Others result from the incomplete following of protocol and insufficient double checks. Sometimes laboratory test results arrive late or are lost. This is the result of a ten-week study of 30 departments in 21 hospitals by the Nivel company. In 2004 an estimated 1,735 deaths could have been prevented.

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