Pediatric errors cost lives, money

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 28, 2004

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

The rate of medical errors among pediatric patients is more than 100 per every 10,000 hospital discharges and these errors led to an extra $1 billion in excess charges and an estimated 4,483 deaths, according to a report published in the June Pediatrics.

In what is considered the first nationwide analysis of child patient safety, researchers analyzed 5.7 million discharge records from the year 2000 for persons 19 and younger from 27 states.

The study included data on teenage mothers giving birth, and the highest rate for "patient safety events" were for obstetric trauma for vaginal birth with instrumentation (2,152 per 10,000 hospital discharges), followed by obstetric trauma for vaginal birth without instrumentation (1,072 per 10,000 discharges). In contrast, there were only 37 obstetric traumas related to cesarean sections per 10,000 discharges.

Other significant findings of the study, which was funded by the U.S. Agency for Health Research and Quality, included: patient safety events were "significantly more likely" to occur for children covered by Medicaid and that birth trauma was "significantly less likely" to occur in teaching hospital.

Note: This item originally appeared at

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn