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A leading cause of death in the US…

In Checklists, culture, Force function on February 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

from Kaiser HEalth news

“In 2010, the federal government estimated that faulty medical care contributed to the death of about 15,000 Medicare patients per month. By these meas­ures, faulty hospital care is one of the leading causes of death, behind heart disease and cancer.

Why haven’t hospitals made more progress on patient safety? The reasons are multiple and complex, but they boil down to the fact that hospitals are hierarchical organizations resistant to change, they haven’t done enough to create environments in which patient safety is a priority, and they’ve been reluctant to share patient-safety data with the public.

Even getting full compliance on basic safety standards, such as washing hands, has proved elusive because hospitals are busy, high-stress places full of distractions.

“We are humans and are destined to make mistakes,” says Nancy Foster, vice president of quality and patient-safety policy at the 5,000-member American Hospital Association. “The question in health care is: Can we design processes and have them in place so when an individual makes a natural mistake, that mistake doesn’t result in harm to patients?”

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