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Statistics about Medication errors

Medical malpractice statistics for Medication errors:

The following are medical malpractice statistics from various sources about Medication errors:

  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for medication-related malpractice in the USA:
    • 758 medical malpractice payments were made due to medication related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $184,986 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to medication related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $100,000 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to medication related malpractice in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 10,408 medical malpractice payments were made due to medication related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $157,945 was the mean medical malpractice payments made due to medication related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • $52,500 was the median medical malpractice payments made due to medication related malpractice in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for medication-related malpractice in the USA:
    • There was a 4.06 year mean time delay between medication related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • There was a 3.65 year median time delay between medication related malpractice incident and payment in the US 2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit payment statistics for medication-related malpractice and nursing in the USA:
    • 426 medication related malpractice payment reports were made against registered nurses in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 24 medication related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse anaesthetists in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 2 medication related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse midwives in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 31 medication related malpractice payment reports were made against nurse practitioners in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
    • 0 medication related malpractice payment reports were made against advanced nurse practitioners in the US 1990-2002 (2002 Annual Report, National Practitioner Data Bank, US DHHS)
  • Medical malpractice lawsuit statistics for medication-related malpractice in the USA:
    • There were 7,472 medication related primary malpractice acts or omissions in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)
    • 26% of primary malpractice acts or omissions were medication related in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)
    • $920,577,368 in payments were made for medication related primary malpractice acts or omissions in the US 1990-96 (The National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File)

Incidence statistics about Medication errors:

The following statistics relate to the incidence of Medication errors:

  • 2.2 million adverse drug reactions (mostly are not medical errors) after administration of FDA-approved drugs in USA 1996 (American Medical Association)
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Death and mortality statistics for Medication errors:

Deaths from Medication errors: estimated 7,000 deaths (Institute of Medicine report).

Death rate extrapolations for USA for Medication errors: 7,000 per year, 583 per month, 134 per week, 19 per day, 0 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. Note: this extrapolation calculation uses the deaths statistic: estimated 7,000 deaths (Institute of Medicine report).

Death statistics for Medication errors:

The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Medication errors:

  • 108,000 deaths from adverse drug reactions (mostly are not medical errors) after administration of FDA-approved drugs in USA 1996 (American Medical Association)
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About statistics:

This page presents a variety of statistics about Medication errors. The term 'prevalence' of Medication errors usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Medication errors at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Medication errors refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Medication errors diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

 

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