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Medical adverse events in the US 2018 mortality data.

Oura P. Medical adverse events in the US 2018 mortality data. Prev Med Rep. 2021;24:101574. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101574

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January 26, 2022
Oura P. Prev Med Rep. 2021;24:101574.

Accurate measurement of adverse event rates is critical to patient safety improvement efforts. This study used 2018 mortality data and ICD-10-CM codes to characterize adverse event deaths in the United States compared to non-adverse event deaths. The author estimates that 0.16-1.13% of deaths are attributed to an adverse event. Procedure-related complications contributed to the majority of adverse event deaths. The risk of death due to adverse event was higher for younger patients and Black patients.

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Oura P. Medical adverse events in the US 2018 mortality data. Prev Med Rep. 2021;24:101574. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2021.101574