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Coretopic:Patient Safety

November 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of “To Err is Human,” the National Academy of Medicine’s 1999 report that estimated as many as 98,000 people die a year in United States hospitals. That widely publicized report called for a national agenda to improve patient care processes to make it easier for honest providers to safely treat patients and harder for them to cause harm.

So where are we now? There’s been a lot of attention to the topic over the past two decades.


New Article

Zero harm

Author Michael Millenson says commitment to “zero preven­table harm” is still uncommon, partly because too many clinicians still wear blinders about error prevalence and preventability. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Addressing maternal mortality

Andrea King Collier shows how awareness of the disparities in pregnancy-related deaths for black women is bringing about change at the policy and legislative levels. See it now »

New Data

Medical devices

The Inter­national Medical Devices Database has more than 120,000 records about faulty and dangerous medical devices from around the world. See it now »

Patient Safety news — from Covering Health