Journal Article

Is researching adverse events in hospital deaths a good way to describe patient safety in hospitals: a retrospective patient record review study.

Baines RJ; Langelaan M; de Bruijne MC; Wagner C.

Comparing adverse event reports from patients who died in the hospital versus patients discharged alive, this chart review study found that preventable adverse events were more likely among those who died. The authors suggest that examining deaths alone does not provide a complete picture of the epidemiology of adverse events and recommend review of multiple outcome types.