Nearly 30 Percent Of Ill Patients Suffer Additional Harm Under Care At Rehab Hospitals
A government reports finds that 29 percent of people sent to a medical facility to recover after a stroke, surgery or injury are further harmed by a mistake in care like a medication error, bedsore or infection.
New Report: Problem Care Harms Almost One-Third Of Rehab Hospital Patients
Patients may go to rehabilitation hospitals to recover from a stroke, injury, or recent surgery. But sometimes the care makes things worse. In a government report published Thursday, 29 percent of patients in rehab facilities suffered a medication error, bedsore, infection or some other type of harm as a result of the care they received. Doctors who reviewed cases from a broad sampling of rehab facilities say that almost half of the 158 incidents they spotted among 417 patients were clearly or likely preventable. (Allen, 7/21)