Medical Error Reporting
Medical Error Reporting Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Since the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report publicized that up to 98,000 patients die annually due to often preventable medical errors, many hospitals have initiated programs to increase medical reporting of errors and reduce costs associated with additional patient care and malpractice lawsuits. Effective programs have changed the hospital culture from blame and denial to transparency and open communication.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that initiated new patient safety processes, including full disclosure of medical errors, open communication with patients, and corrective actions.
The featured QualityTools describe practical resources for reporting medical errors and communicating harm to patients.
- Full Disclosure of Medical Errors Reduces Malpractice Claims and Claim Costs for Health System
- Proactive Reporting, Investigation, Disclosure, and Remedying of Medical Errors Leads to Similar or Lower Than Average Malpractice Claims Costs
- Monthly Multidisciplinary Patient Safety Conferences Improve Hospital Staff Perceptions of Organization's Safety Culture and Increase Reporting of Adverse Events
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- Corporate Health and Wellness Program Attracts High Levels of Participation, Significantly Reduces Health Risks and Overall Health Care Costs
- Sleep Education and Other Support Significantly Reduces Turnover Among First-Year Nurses