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Journal Article

Healthy life-years lost and excess bed-days due to 6 patient safety incidents: empirical evidence from English hospitals.

Hauck KD, Wang S, Vincent C, et al. Medical care. 2017;55:125-130.

The long-term consequences of patient safety problems can be difficult to quantify. This retrospective medical record review and modeling study estimated healthy life-years lost due to preventable adverse events such as venous thromboembolism, health care–associated infections, and deaths from low-risk procedures. The authors recommend using these estimates of long-term harm to prioritize prevention efforts.