Para prevenir el daño a los pacientes se necesita hacer foco en todos los aspectos de la atención – Modern Healthcare

Efforts targeting entire care continuum are needed to prevent patient harm

Sixteen years ago, the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report To Err Is Human generated widespread attention for its estimate that as many as 98,000 deaths occur annually from preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals.

More recent research suggests that number could be as high as 440,000. That would make it the third-leading cause of death in the nation—after heart disease and cancer.

What’s even more stunning is that those estimates are only for errors in hospitals, and most healthcare is delivered outside of hospital settings. Roughly 1 billion ambulatory visits occur annually in the U.S., compared with 35 million hospital admissions.

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