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Coretopic:Patient Safety

November 2019 marks 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, first to quantify the problem.


New Shared Wisdom

Getting providers to talk

Joanne Faryon reveals her tips for getting reluctant health care providers to comment and discuss a patient. See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Trajectory of patient safety

Patient safety activist Lisa McGiffert provides background on the patient safety movement, a summary of where we are and stories we should be looking into.  See it now »

New Tip Sheet

Pain relief

While OTC drugs may be safer than narcotics or opioids, they are not without serious risks, especially for seniors whose ability to safely absorb pills and tablets diminish with age. See it now »

Patient Safety news — from Covering Health