Report Details Medical Error Horrors

The above is the headline from the June 10, 2004 Canadian publication, "Globe and Mail". The article reports on a study that shows that the treatment of patients who have been victims of medical errors cost the Canadian health care system $750 million each year and adds an additional 1.1 million days to hospital stays.

The report was released on June 9th by the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Included in what the article termed the "graphic details" are the following statistics:

The article notes that this study follows on the heels of another study revealing that one in every 13 medical/surgical, acute-care hospital patients suffers from an "adverse event," and that these failings, avoidable and otherwise, kill up to 24,000 Canadians annually.