Research

The Patient Insurance Centre promotes research related to patient safety and provides extensive patient injury data for professionals and researchers.

Research articles based on the Patient Insurance Centre’s injury statistics are available on this page.

Studies published in 2020

Accidental perforations during root canal treatment: an 8-year nationwide perspective on healthcare malpractice claims. Vehkalahti MM, Swanljung O. Clinical Oral Investigations 2020.

Studies published in 2019

Patient injuries in pediatric otorhinolaryngology. Nokso-Koivisto J, Blomgren K, Aaltonen LM, Lehtonen L, Helmiö P. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngology, 2019 Feb 3;120, 36-39

Studies published in 2018

Patient injury claims involving fractures of the distal radius: 208 compensated claims from the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre. Sandelin H, Waris E, Hirvensalo E, Vasenius J, Huhtala H, Raatikainen T & Helkamaa T.  Acta Orthopaedica, 2018, vol. 89, no. 2, 240–245

Potilasvahingot. Welling M. Duodecim, 2018; 21,134:2111–9.

Potilasvakuutuskeskuksen aineiston analyysi - Hammasvauriot anestesian ja elvytyksen yhteydessä. Pitkänen M, Kontio R, Förster J. Lääkärilehti 2018; 73 (21): 1357–1361b

Root canal irrigants and medicaments in endodontic malpractice cases: A Nationwide longitudinal observation. Swanljung O, Vehkalahti M. JOE- Volume 44, number 4, April 2018

Studies published in 2017

Iatrogenic patient injuries in otology during a 10-year period: review of national patient insurance charts. Helmiö P, Saarinen R, Aaltonen LM, Lehtonen L, Blomgren K. Acta Otolaryngol. 2017 Sep 14:1-5

Patient injuries in operative rhinology during a ten-year period: Review of national patient insurance charts. Blomgren K, Aaltonen LM, Lehtonen L, Helmiö P. Clin Otolaryngol. 2017 Apr 30.

Juurihoitovahingosta Nicolaun oireyhtymä? Case report. Swanljung O., Vehkalahti M.M. Duodecim 2017; 6, 133:557-60

Operator-related aspects in endodontic malpractice claims in Finland. Vehkalahti M.M., Swanljung O. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica 2017, Vol. 75, No. 3, 155-160

Trends in endodontic malpractice claims and their indemnity in Finland in the 2000s. Vehkalahti M.M., Swanljung O. J of Dentistry & Oral Health 2017, Vol 4: 103

Studies published in 2016

Juurihoitovahingot johtavat hammasvahinkotilastoja. Swanljung O., Vehkalahti M.M. Suomen Hammaslääkärilehti. Vol. 2016:12; 32-37

Pinnoitteesta implanttiin: alakuutosen kivulias historia. Vehkalahti MM, Swanljung O. Suomen Hammaslääkärilehti 2016; 27(5): 46-50.

Potilasvahinkona korvatut lääkityspoikkeamat Potilasvakuutuskeskuksen aineistossa 2013–2014. Anna-Kaisa Eronen. Master’s thesis. 3/2016. University of Helsinki.

Patient injuries in primary total hip replacement. Helkamaa T, Hirvensalo E, Huhtala H, Remes V. To cite this article: Teemu Helkamaa, Eero Hirvensalo, Heini Huhtala & Ville Remes 2016: Patient injuries in primary total hip replacement. Acta Orthopaedica, doi: 10.3109/17453674.2015.1135662

Studies published in 2015

Pediatric distal humeral fractures and complications of treatment in Finland. A review of compensation claims from 1990 through 2010. Vallila N, Sommarhem A, Paavola M, Nietosvaara Y. J. Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015;97:494-9.

Towards better patient safety in otolaryngology: characteristics of patient injuries and their relationship with items on the WHO surgical safety checklist. Helmiö P, Blomgren K, Lehtovuori T, Palonen R, Aaltonen L.-M. Clin. Otolaryngol. 2015, 40, 443-448.

Open Mesh Repair for Inguinal Hernia is Safer than Laparoscopic Repair or Open Non-mesh Repair: A Nationwide Registry Study of Complications. Kouhia S, Vironen J, Hakala T, Paajanen H. World J Surg. 2015 Aug;39 (8) :1878-84. doi: 10.1007/s00268-015-3028-2.

Surgery-related complications of ventral hernia reported to the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre. Ahonen-Siirtola M, Vironen J, Mäkelä J, Paajanen H. Scand J Surg. 2015 Jun;104 (2) : 66-71. doi: 10.1177/1457496914534208.

Role of orchiectomy in severe testicular pain after inguinal hernia surgery: audit of the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre. Rönkä K, Vironen J, Kokki H, Liukkonen T, Paajanen H. Hernia. 2015 Feb; 19 (1) : 53-9. doi 10.1007/s10029-013-1150-3.

Dental treatment injuries in the Finnish Insurance Centre in 2000-2011. Karhunen S, Virtanen J. Acta Odontologica Scandinavica, 2015

Studies published in 2013–2014

Fatal surgical or procedure-related complications: a Finnish registry-based study. Hakala T, Vironen J, Karlsson S, Pajarinen J, Hirvensalo E, Paajanen H. World J Surg. 2014 Apr; 38 (4) : 759-64. doi 10.1007/s00268-013-2364-3.

Serious complications associated with spinal and epidural anaesthesia in Finland from 2000 to 2009. Pitkänen M, Aromaa U, Cozanitis D, Förster J. Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica 2013. doi: 10.1111/aas.12064.

Otorhinolaryngological patient injuries in Finland. Lehtivuori T, Palonen R, Mussalo-Rauhamaa H, Holi T, Henriksson M, Aaltonen L.-M. Laryngoscope 123: October 2013.

Availability of CBCT and iatrogenic alveolar nerve injuries. Suomalainen A, Apajalahti S, Vehmas T, Ventä I. Acta Odontol Scand. 2013 Jan;71(1):151-6. doi: 10.3109/00016357.2011.654254.

Studies published in 2010–2012

Potilasvahingot polven primaareissa tekonivelleikkauksissa Suomessa 2008–2010: Vahinkotyypit ja vahinkoihin johtavat tekijät. Helkamaa T, Hirvensalo E, Leskinen J, Palonen R, Remes V. Suomen Ortopedia ja Traumatologia. 2012;35:212-213.

Potilasvahingot lonkan primaareissa tekonivelleikkauksissa Suomessa 2008–2010: Vahinkotyypit ja vahinkoihin johtavat tekijät. Helkamaa T, Hirvensalo E, Leskinen J, Palonen R, Remes V. Suomen Ortopedia ja Traumatologia. 2012;35:214-215.

Hospital Infection Surveillance Team. Disease burden of prosthetic joint infections after hip and knee joint replacement

in Finland during 1999–2004: capture-recapture estimation. Huotari K, Lyytikäinen O, Ollgren J, Virtanen MJ, Seitsalo S, Palonen R, Rantanen P. J Hosp Infect 2010;75:205-8.

Treatment injuries are rare in children’s femoral fractures. Palmu S, Paukku R, Peltonen J, Nietosvaara Y. Acta Orthop 2010;81:715-8.

Sappileikkausvahingot 2005–2007. Antikainen T, Silvennoinen M, Mecklin JP. Suom Lääkäril 2010;46:3777-83.

Commentary: Nationwide analysis of complications related to inguinal hernia surgery in Finland: a 5 year register study of 55,000 operations. Paajanen H, Scheinin T, Vironen J. Am J Surg. 2010 Jun; 199 (6) : 746-51. doi: 10.10167j. amjsurg.2009.04.018.

The Dental Injuries in the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre in 2000-2008. Virtanen J, Swanljung O, Pöyry S, Lilja V, Palonen R. Journal of Social Medicine 2010;47:244-249.

Studies publishedin 2008–2009

Nivustyräleikkauksiin liittyvät komplikaatiot Potilasvakuutuskeskuksessa vuosina 2003–2007. Vironen J, Scheinin T, Paajanen H. Lääketieteellinen Aikakauskirja Duodecim 2009;125 (21) : 2380-6.

Patient and hospital characteristics associated with claims and compensations for patient injuries in coronary artery bypass grafting in Finland. Järvelin J, Rosenqvist G, Häkkinen U, Sintonen H. J Health Serv Res Policy 2009;14:150-5.

Injuries as a result of treatment of tibial fractures in children: Claims for compensation submitted to the Patient Insurance Centre in Finland. Palmu S, Paukku R, Mäyränpää MK, Peltonen J, Nietosvaara Y. Acta Orthop 2009;80:78-82.

Nilkkamurtumien diagnostiikkaan ja hoitoon liittyvät potilasvahingot. Hirvensalo E, Pajarinen J, Majola A, Salo J, Palonen R, Böstman O. Suom. Lääkäril 2009;38:3101-6.

National learning curve for laparoscopic hysterectomy and trends in hysterectomy in Finland 2000–2005. Brummer TH, Seppälä TT, Härkki PS. Hum Reprod 2008;23:840-5