Wednesday, March 12, 2014

News On Preventable Deaths In Hospitals

In 1999, Americans learned that 98,000 people were dying every year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. That came from a widely touted analysis by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called To Err Is Human. This was the “Silent Spring” of the health care world, grabbing headlines for revealing a serious and deadly problem that required policy and action.
According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.
Back in the old days, the IOM experts had very little concrete information to use in estimating the extent of killer errors in hospitals. But with innovations in research techniques led by Dr. David Classe, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others, we now have more tools to tell us where the bodies are buried.Stunning News On Preventable Deaths In Hospitals - Forbes: