New Study Supports Center's Mission and Need for Continued Focus on Patient Safety

October 16, 2013    |   By: Calevir

In “A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care”, published in the September edition of the Journal of Patient Safety, updated findings estimate 210,000-400,000 deaths occur per year associated with preventable harm in hospitals, an increase from the landmark report, “To Err is Human” in 1999, estimating deaths of up to 98,000 annually.   The authors conclude “The epidemic of patient harm in hospitals must be taken more seriously if it is to be curtailed.   Fully engaging patients and their advocates during hospital care, systematically seeking the patients’ voice in identifying harms, transparent accountability for harm, and intentional correction of root causes of harm will be necessary to accomplish this goal.”

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