British hospitals more dangerous than extreme sportsJune 30, 2008
I picked this up in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph – an article written by the Telegraph’s health correspondent, Laura Donnelly – three immediate thoughts – don’t get ill in England and have to go to hospital – keep up the vigilance and due diligence and care and attention to detail whilst practicing your extreme sport – and if you have an accident whilst practicing your extreme sport in England and have to go to hospital……well good luck is all I can muster!
‘Hospital acquired infections or medical errors are more likely to cause death than extreme sports such as high altitude mountaineering and bungee jumping research has found.
The risks from infection, mistakes over drugs and failings in care mean that nearly one in 100 patients admitted to an NHS hospital will die an avoidable death, compared with one in 1,000 of those taking part in dangerous sports.
The findings define health care as a “hazardous activity” for patients and compare it unfavourably with air travel and the nuclear power industry, both of which carry a one in 100,000 risk.
The research, which was compiled by the NHS National Patient Safety Agency and the health care charity, the Health Foundation, reveals that up to 104,000 patients die each year as a result of poor infection management and basic medical errors.
The report was presented at a health managers’ conference in Manchester to mark the start of a new NHS safety campaign. Stephen Ramsden, chief executive of the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust and director of the new campaign, said the aim was to “awaken the consciences” of those NHS managers who had not done enough to make patient safety their priority.
His hospital and 23 others are piloting a scheme intended to cut risk through measures including an “early warning” scoring system to detect the first signs that a patient is deteriorating, and pre-surgery equipment assessment.