Study: Despite Patient Safety Improvements, Pediatric Harm Rates Not Declining

July 25, 2018 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Rates of adverse events involving pediatric inpatients did not improve from 2007 to 2012, according to a study in the July 2018 issue of Pediatrics. The authors conducted a retrospective surveillance study of 3,790 randomly selected pediatric inpatient records from 26 teaching and nonteaching hospitals; several were children's hospitals, but most were not. Each medical record was first evaluated by a nurse using a data collection tool, and then two independent physicians reviewed all suspected adverse events. The authors identified 414 adverse events, 210 of which were preventable. Multivariate analysis saw no significant changes in rates of adverse events over time, regardless of hospital type.

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