ON THE PULSE: TRENDS AND SURVEYS IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY

Medication-Error Deaths Soar, Quality Image Takes Another Hit

The radical shift to outpatient care is being cited as the underlying cause of soaring medication-error deaths adding to the industry's suffering quality image, according to a new study by the University of California at San Diego. After examining U.S. death certificates from 1983 to 1993, the most recent data available, researchers found that fatal medication jumped 850%. Overall, these deaths increased 260%.