I think I posted something similar to this article I found on msn.com about once a year. It is not to be repetitive but to just remind not only me, but all of us what we need to think of when we go to the hospital. There has been many times, especially with my children, when I’ve gone to the hospital with a sick child and I literally hand them over to health care providers desperate and thinking they are now in good hands. But, as Joe Kiani, founder of Patient Safety Movement Foundation, told U.S. News World Report, “The last thing you imagine is that environment killing your child.” As his foundation found, each year more than 200,000 people die from preventable medical errors and up to 20 time more people suffer from errors but don’t die from them. Kiani listed the five most common medical errors – and what you can do to try to prevent them.
The Good News
There is an upside to this information. For clinicians, to know this information is helping them create a movement to eliminate all such deaths by 2020. Kiana notes that at his organization’s recent meeting, for example, 400 California hospitals committed to implementing solutions that should save 15,000 lives a year.
We hope that hospitals here in Northeast Florida also commit to implementing solutions to saving lives from these common medical mistakes. It is necessary and so very important.