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[WHITE PAPER] Tackling Surgery's Hidden Problem: Adverse Events Reporting

28 Feb 2019

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

Sean Witry

Written by Sean Witry

Sean Witry works as Community Manager and Content Marketer at caresyntax. With a background in international affairs and a focus in public health, he's passionate about exploring technology's role in increasing access to quality care and improving patient outcomes. You can reach him on LinkedIn or via email at sean.witry@caresyntax.com.

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