posted by Madeline Heising
Hospitals are a place where patients go to heal, to seek treatment and to find a cure. They are not expected to be the source of harm or infection due to medical error, but all too often, this is the case. In fact, studies show that 1 in 3 Americans have experienced a medical error in their own or a family member’s care at some point in their life.
Patient safety was not a widely discussed topic until 1999, when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released the landmark report To Err Is Human.This report revealed that between 44,000 and 98,000 people died each year in United States hospitals due to medical errors. At the time, that was more...