Increasing Patient Safety Without Decreasing Patient Rights

Posted on Sep 12, 2012

Steve Sternberg | US News | August 28, 2012

 

While preventable medical errors continue to plague the US, killing at least 44,000 Americans each year and possibly twice as many, hospitals such as Nationwide Children's Hospital have implemented protocols that center around patient safety. Their initiatives have been extremely successful, cutting their preventable errors in half. A year ago they reported 300 medical errors, after a year the number has dropped to 160 cases. By the end of 2011, the hospital recorded 96 incidents. Their model has spread to other hospitals and provides hope that the health industry will continue to prioritize patient safety without taking away patient rights.

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