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Table 2 Contributing factors associated with medical error by injury

From: Claims, liabilities, injures and compensation payments of medical malpractice litigation cases in China from 1998 to 2011

Type of error   Injury   Total
Minor injury Serious injury Death Emotional injury only  
Medical technology error 204 97 165 6 472(79%)
Surgery related 93 31 18 0 142(24%)
Drugs used related 25 11 45 1 82(14%)
Diagnose related 23 13 33 1 70(12%)
Treatment related 22 14 29 1 66(11%)
Pregnancy and delivery related 24 15 19 3 61(10%)
Infection related 6 5 6 0 17(3%)
Nursing related 2 3 10 0 15(2%)
Monitor related 5 3 4 0 12(2%)
Anesthesia related 4 2 1 0 7(1%)
Medical ethics error 19 8 10 3 40(7%)
Informant 18 7 10 3 38(6%)
Privacy 1 1 0 0 2(<1%)
Medical product error 28 8 4 3 43(7%)
Blood and blood products 11 4 3 2 20(3%)
Medical equipment 17 4 1 0 22(4%)
Drugs 0 0 0 1 1(<1%)
Medical management error 12 7 21 2 42(7%)
Administrative management 5 6 10 2 23(4%)
Medical record management 3 1 10 0 14(2%)
Risk management 4 0 1 0 5(<1%)
Total 263(44%) 120(20%) 200(34%) 14(2%) 597(100%)