AOK Report shows 190,000 errors in clinics

AOK Report shows 190,000 errors in clinics

"AOK Hospital Report" reports problems with every 100th treatment

Anyone seeking treatment in a hospital should be able to assume that they are in good hands. But treatment errors are apparently anything but rare: As the current "AOK Hospital Report" shows, something goes wrong with every 100th treatment, which corresponds to almost 190,000 treatments per year in around 18.6 million clinical cases.

More fatalities from hospital errors than from road accidents
The Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK) warns of a high number of errors in treatment in German clinics. As the health insurance fund reports in its current "AOK Hospital Report", it can be assumed that an error occurs with every 100th treatment, which, according to the German Medical Association, would mean almost 190,000 problematic treatments in 18.6 million clinical cases. Accordingly, according to the AOK, the risk of health problems or even fatal consequences increases for patients, "more people die each year from hospital errors than from road traffic accidents," reports the health insurance fund.

8607 allegations only at the medical service of the health insurance company For example, the medical service of the health insurance (MDK) alone reported 8607 allegations of patients against clinics in 2012 in the inpatient sector, which had been confirmed in 29.5% of cases. Overall, however, it can be assumed that several tens of thousands of patients would complain about their treatment in hospitals every year - in some cases at their health insurance companies, at other medical centers, or they would contact the court directly.

Particularly numerous allegations in orthopedics and trauma surgery and surgery There are many reasons for the complaints - they range from forgotten surgical utensils in the patient's body to incorrect medication and infections. The areas of orthopedics and trauma surgery (2,689 allegations / 788 confirmed cases), but also surgery (1,840 / 481), internal medicine (773/189) and gynecology and obstetrics (724/214) were, according to the "2012 annual statistics on treatment errors- Assessment ”of the MDK is particularly often affected by allegations -“ the high confirmation rate in nursing is striking for inpatient treatment, ”the medical service of the health insurance continued. However, according to the MDK, these figures should not be misinterpreted: “However, it must be pointed out that these abnormalities do not allow a reliable statement on the treatment quality of individual specialist areas. Initially, they only reflect the accuracy of the respective allegations. "

"Doctors make mistakes, but we are not botchers"
Physicians also repeatedly point out that in the event of a treatment error, it is simply not possible to speak of “botching” the doctor: “Such a statement is not covered by serious statistics. Doctors make mistakes, but we are not bunglers, ”says Dr. Andreas Crusius, Chairman of the Standing Conference of Expert Commissions and Arbitration Boards. Accordingly, botch is basically the same as deliberately negligent work in order to save costs - “after botch comes cover-up - that's exactly what we don't want. And that's why we regularly make our statistics public, ”added Crusius. Instead of "botching up", organizational deficiencies and the increasing number of difficult interventions are in most cases the reason for errors.

Comparison list of treatment successes of hospitals planned on the Internet According to the "dpa", Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) has already reacted to the current figures and announced that, with regard to the coalition agreement between the Union and the SPD, the success of treatment would become more of a yardstick for patients to want. According to this, for example, a new institute should evaluate patient data on successes or problems with treatments, which should enable a comparison list of the treatment successes of the hospitals that can be viewed on the Internet. (ag)

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