Patient Safety at the Crossroads
This Viewpoint discusses the National Patient Safety Foundation’s report Free From Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement 15 Years After “To Err Is Human” and whether the recommendations achieve total systems safety.
With its estimate that between 44 000 and 98 000 patients die in hospitals each year as the result of medical errors, the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s; formerly the Institute of Medicine’s) report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System propelled a wave of activity. Health care professionals, professional societies, large employer groups, patient advocacy organizations, and researchers voiced the need to reduce the estimated high toll of medical errors and adverse events.
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