Vast majority of medical errors go unreported

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    One of the "ten simple rules" for building a smarter, higher quality health system mentioned in another thread was:

    Current: "Do no harm" is an individual responsibility. New: Safety is a system property. Patients should be safe from injury caused by the care system. Ensuring safety requires greater attention to systems that help to prevent and mitigate errors. ​

    A NYT article today serves as a reminder that there's still a long way to go on that front. It's about a recent report from the HHS Office of the Inspector General that found "Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized." More importantly, errors are shrugged off as isolated incidents (i.e. lapses in individual responsibility of practitioners) with little attention given to addressing the systems that enable them.

    Preventable medical errors remain a serious problem, though there is now a nationwide effort to address some of the systemic problems that allow many of these errors to occur: the Partnership for Patients.
     
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    Operating rooms are especially dangerous...

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    Very true and really harmful for everyone. Medical errors must be reported as early as possible being the matter of health.
     
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    I thought they already used cattle prods in nursing homes.
     

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