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Common patient safety incidents very costly

According to a recent Healthgrades study, the most commonly occurring patient safety incidents include failure to rescue, decubitus ulcers, and post-operative respiratory failure. These three incidents accounted for almost 72% of all patient safety incidents from 2003 through 2005. The study further explained that some of these incidents were also the most costly. Decubitus ulcers and post-operative respiratory failures accounted for 50.70% of all excess attributable costs from 2003-2005. Decubitus ulcers (bedsores) are common evidence of nursing home neglect, often attributable to staffing shortages or lack of training.

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