ABOUT PATIENT SAFETY
Health care should by default help people feel better and improve their health status, but in practice that is not always the case. Many errors and mistakes are made that harm patients. Some errors are human, but systems within hospitals, doctors’ offices, and elsewhere can be designed to greatly reduce the risk of error.
- As many as 98,000 people die annually from preventable medical errors—more than from motor-vehicle accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS
- Medical errors in the United States cost about $19.5 billion in 2008.
- Medication errors—when hospitalized patients receive potentially inappropriate prescription medications—cost roughly $2 billion annually.
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