Getting Closer Each Day

August 1, 2013 | Healthcare Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance

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Patients and families who have been affected by mistakes in medical care are scattered in every nook and cranny of this country—these mistakes affect people in every state, at every educational level, and at every socioeconomic level. Medical errors have no boundaries.

The subject of medical errors—their distressing effects and frequency—is, to put it mildly, difficult. The issues surrounding them are many and can be complicated, so prevention, even for some errors that seem "easy" to fix, is anything but that. One can only imagine the devastation that comes from being involved in an error—whether as a patient, a family member, a healthcare worker, or an administrator. And many times, those left in the wake have to...

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