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Implementing National Patient Safety Goals to Reduce Medical Errors

Author: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC,

2 Continuing Ed Credits - Nursing

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98,000 hospitalized patients die annually due to preventable medical errors. It has been determined that “one in three patients is harmed during a hospital stay” (O Reilly, 2011, p.1). Addressing these harmful events is needed to decrease the death rate due to medical errors and to reduce the added costs to the system. The ability of caregivers in the American healthcare system to provide safe care to patients is a major area of concern for all involved.  Since the publication of To Err is Human by the National Institute of Health in 2000, much time and resources have been spent developing, implementing and evaluating methods to decrease the number of medical errors including the number healthcare acquired infections that occur all-too-often in the delivery of health care. The public’s discussion of safety in hospitals has resulted in higher levels of consumer interest regarding what can be expected when they, or a loved one, need to receive care in an acute care hospital.


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