A new analysis about the chances of being injured or harmed during your stay and treatment in Canadian hospitals shows disturbing frequency. The chances of adult patients receiving the wrong medication or wrong dose as well as contracting an infection were about 1 in 10 and 1 in 12 for children.

Reports from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) also show that the incidence of leaving a foreign object in a surgical was 1 in 3,000 patients, which makes enormous number of over 200 incidents per year. Although no clear reason was found for the incidence, obese patients are at higher risk of having a foreign object left behind than the patients with normal weights. At higher risk were also those patients who underwent emergency operations, had an unexpected change in operation or those who had a change in nursing or surgical staff during a procedure.

One in 21 mothers who give birth by vaginal delivery get affected by obstetrical traumas such as lacerations of the cervix, vaginal wall, or injury to the bladder or urethra. Further more, one in 141 babies, which makes 1,700 babies per year go through birth trauma such as injuries to the scalp, skull fractures, or injuries to nervous systems.

Several strategies have been suggested to reduce the risk or errors and patient harm during their treatments in hospitals such as automated drug alerts and medication reconciliation. Tracking and keeping record of medical errors and adverse incidents is crucial in finding new ways of preventing them.