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Table 1 Frequencies of safety-related undesirable events reported by patients (n = 125 patients)

From: "Against the silence": Development and first results of a patient survey to assess experiences of safety-related events in hospital

   N (%) of survey responses
Nr. Item Definitely Not sure
1 You developed an inflammation or aching redness of a vein (phlebitis) because of an intravenous line. 20 (16) 1 (1)
2 You acquired an infection in the hospital (e.g., urinary tract infection, sepsis, wound infection). 9 (7) 1 (1)
3 You discovered that staff did not disinfect their hands before touching you. 10 (8) 10 (8)
4 You experienced an allergic reaction to a drug. 15 (13) 3 (3)
     Was the hospital informed about the allergy prior to dispensing the drug to you?a 5 (28) 1 (6)
5 You were given an infusion or drug that was not intended for you. 1 (1) --
  You were given an infusion or drug...   
6    at the wrong time, or 5 (4) --
7    at the wrong dose, or 5 (5) 1 (1)
8    a dose was omitted, by mistake. 6 (5) 3 (3)
9 Your medical record or radiograms were not available when needed. 5 (4) 6 (5)
10 A test was repeated needlessly, by mistake. 3 (2) 2 (2)
11 A planned test was omitted, by mistake. 6 (5) 4 (3)
12 A test, surgical intervention or therapy was nearly or in fact performed on the wrong site of your body. 2 (2) 1 (1)
13 You were confused with another patient during a test or treatment. 2 (2) 1 (1)
14 You experienced a fall in hospital. 5 (4) 1 (1)
  1. a Numbers relate to patients that reported the event either as "definitive" or "uncertain"