In this cross sectional sampling of hospitalized medicare patients in October 2008, 13.5% experienced an adverse event during their hospital stay (and an equal number experience temporary harm), almost half of which were considered preventable, at a cost of $324 million. This substantiates our need to prevent and mitigate patient harm from adverse events (site)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.