Over 313 million surgeries take place each year around the world. 4.2 million people (7.7% of all deaths worldwide) die as a result of post-operative complications. Finding the root cause of these complications (and ultimately designing solutions) requires analysis of what exactly went on in the surgery. Often times, however, there is a crucial piece of information missing from the picture:
Adverse Events Reporting
With just 5% of all-cause harm events in surgery reported, there is a serious information gap that could save a patient’s life. Under-reporting of adverse events in hospitals risks patient safety and complications cost hospitals and health systems enormous amounts of money at a time when hospitals are already under pressure to decrease costs.
This white paper seeks to address the issue by showing:
- The perceptions (and pitfalls) of adverse events reporting
- Cultural, systematic, and technological barriers
- The real financial impact on healthcare providers
- Potential solutions to foster a better reporting culture