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Adverse Events In US Hospitals:1 in 3 Admissions Has At Least One Adverse Event

SGIM Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force

April 20, 2017

Patients and physicians should be aware of, and respond to, the risk of adverse events during a hospital admission.

  • All patients admitted to the hospital should ask questions and actively engage in their care, especially with regard to medications and procedures. If they are unable to do so, they should enlist the aid of a family member, friend, or other trusted person.
  • Patients and physicians should be aware of common adverse events: medication-related adverse events, pressure ulcers, and falls
  • Physicians should be aware of common adverse advents: nosocomial infection, procedure-related and
    pulmonary and ventilator-related adverse events

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