Brigham and Women’s Hospital has launched Safety Matters, a blog that aims to describe mistakes made at the hospital along with steps the hospital is taking to prevent them in the future.
This news is timely, since reports released yesterday show medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America.
The current entries cover medication errors, delayed diagnoses, incorrect use of an intravenous line, and other problems that harmed, or could have harmed, a patient. Each article describes an error, how it came to light, and the steps taken to prevent it from happening again. When possible, it also includes comments from the patient who was on the receiving end of the error, and possibly his or her family members.
How does your hospital or health system handle mistakes?
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