Hospitals are risky places – but some are better than others


One in every nine patients who go into hospital in Australia suffers a complication: when something preventable goes wrong with their care. They might develop an infection from a hygiene breach, for instance, or be given the wrong dose or type of drug.

Or the complication might be less direct, such as becoming malnourished because you haven’t been monitored well enough, or developing a pressure sore because you’ve spent too long in the same position in your hospital bed.

A new Grattan Institute report,