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Study Shows 19% of Elderly Patients Receive Medical Injury

Steve Wagner

A study recently released in the journal Injury Prevention showed nearly one in five Medicare patients to be victims of medical injuries that are not related to the disease or condition for which they were originally being treated.

Out of 12,500 Medicare patients, with an average age of 76, who made claims between 1998 and 2005, the study showed that at least 19% of those patients involved experienced a minimum of one adverse medical occurrence.

According to the study, 2/3rds of these patients experienced these issues or injuries during outpatient procedures, rather than during inpatient hospital stays. The injuries inflicted on the elderly patients included being given the wrong type of medication, suffering an allergic reaction to a medication, and receiving any treatment which led to further complications of an existing condition.

The study concluded that the injuries had no correlation to the fact that the patients all held Medicare insurance, but that these injuries were the result of bad medical care and careless management.

To read more about the full study, you can see the article released by Health Day.

If your elderly loved ones have suffered from adverse medical care, or have received an injury due to medical negligence, the malpractice attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with handling their recovery. Give us a call today at (888) 204-8440.


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