Medical Errors and Skilled Nursing Care

A recent government report notes that 1/3 of all patients in skilled nursing care suffer a medical error. 59% of those errors are preventable.
According to Pro Publica, “Patient safety experts told ProPublica they were alarmed because the frequency of people harmed under skilled nursing care exceeds that of hospitals, where medical errors receive the most attention. ‘(The report) tells us what many of us have suspected ­­2013 there are vast areas of health care where the field of patient safety has not matured,’ said Dr. Marty Makary, a physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore who researches health care quality. The study by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on skilled nursing care 2013 treatment in nursing homes for up to 35 days after a patient was discharged from an acute care hospital. Doctors working with the inspector general’s office reviewed medical records of 653 randomly selected Medicare patients from more than 600 facilities.”