What can we learn from patient claims?: Analysing of patient injuries following orthopaedic surgery
2012 (English)In: Patient Safety in Surgery, ISSN 1754-9493, Vol. 6, no 2, 1-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Objective data on the incidence and pattern of adverse events after orthopaedic surgical procedures remain scarce, secondary to the reluctance for encompassing reporting of surgical complications. The aim of this study was to analyze the nature of adverse events after orthopaedic surgery reported to a national database for patient claims in Sweden.
Methods: In this retrospective review data from two Swedish national databases during a 4-year period were analyzed. We used the "County Councils' Mutual Insurance Company", a national no-fault insurance system for patient claims, and the "National Patient Register at the National Board of Health and Welfare".
Results: A total of 6,029 patient claims filed after orthopaedic surgery were assessed during the study period. Of those, 3,336 (55%) were determined to be adverse events, which received financial compensation. Hospital-acquired infections and sepsis were the most common causes of adverse events (n = 741; 22%). The surgical procedure that caused the highest rate of adverse events was "decompression of spinal cord and nerve roots" (code ABC**), with 168 adverse events of 17,507 hospitals discharges (1%). One in five (36 of 168; 21.4%) injured patient was seriously disabled or died.
Conclusions: We conclude that patients undergoing spinal surgery run the highest risk of being severely injured and that these patients also experienced a high degree of serious disability. The most common adverse event was related to hospital acquired infections. Claims data obtained in a no-fault system have a high potential for identifying adverse events and learning from them.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 6, no 2, 1-6 p.
Insurance Claim Review, Medical Errors, Orthopaedics, Patient Safety, Patient Admission, Safety Management
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72590DOI: 10.1186/1754-9493-6-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-72590DiVA: diva2:460186
On the day of the defence date the status of this article was "Manuscript".2011-11-292011-11-292014-09-11Bibliographically approved