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One in five patients suffer 'harm' in hospital

31st August 2012

Official data has found that 20% of patients in some NHS hospitals suffer harm due to avoidable accidents, complications and mistakes.

The information from the NHS Safety Thermometer, which was launched in April to gather data on patient problems from all NHS hospitals, found that up to a fifth of patients in some organisations suffered from bed sores or accidents such as falls while on hospital wards. Nationally, the figure was one in 10, or around 41,000 people. The Department of Health target is for hospitals to deliver “harm-free care” to 95% of patients by this year.


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Monday 3rd September 2012 @ 16:09

This 'official' data is not to be relied upon. To use the term 'avoidable' harm in the report is fundamentally wrong and is not taken into account in this survey.

The guidance produced to help in completing the survey is complicated and has inevitably led to incorrect data submissions.

July was the first month for many settings where this survey was completed, setting up systems and processes across the country to enable this is a logistical nightmare in itself let alone fully understanding the guidance.

The NHS staff should be congratulated in their efforts to collect all of this information, not beaten with a stick on the basis of one data point that has many inaccuracies.

Give the NHS a break!

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Article Information

Title: One in five patients suffer 'harm' in hospital
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 22627
Date Added: 31st Aug 2012


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