New York residents may benefit from learning more about statistics related to fatal medical errors. Researchers have found that when physicians adhered to a standardized checklist and improved communications, the number of hospital errors declined by 25 percent. Since 2010, the number of hospital acquired conditions has been 1.3 million less than the previous annual average. The declines in the number of avoidable hospital-acquired conditions was led by fewer bed sores, pressure ulcers and adverse drug events.
A federal review released on Dec. 2 reported a 17 percent decline from 2010 to 2013 in preventable errors, including bed sores, drug mistakes and infections. According to the reports, less than 50,000 patients were killed, resulting in a $12 billion savings in health care costs. The report identifies some potential contributing factors, but the direct causes of the recent decline remain largely unknown. Some of the incentives provided by the Affordable Care Act, including financial penalties, public reporting on errors and technical help, were credited for the decline.