Patient Safety – After 20 Years, Shouldn’t We be Doing Better? September is Patient Safety Month

In 1999, the Institutes of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) published To Error is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System, reporting the U.S. healthcare system was unsafe because of medical errors.

Johns Hopkins patient safety experts in 2016 analyzed medical death rate data over an eight-year period and calculated more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. This caused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify unintentional deaths as the 3 rd leading cause of death for Adult Americans – including medical mistakes.

In 2017, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the National Patient Safety Foundation and the University of Chicago preformed a national survey published in American’s Experiences with Medical Errors and Views in Patient Safety, reporting 41% of American adults experienced a medical error in their own care or personally involved with a medical error made in someone close to them.

20 years following the IOM Report the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, National Steering Committee for Patient Safety in collaboration with 27 national organizations committed to addressing patient recently released the National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety.

The Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center provides relevant evidence-based updates on health policy and clinical practice to meet the care needs of the largest, fastest growing, and costliest U.S. patient population – those living with 2 or more symptomatic chronic conditions.