The most well-known patient safety research project ever released is the “To Err is Human” report from the U.S. Institute of Medicine. You can download your own free copy of the report here.
One statistic in particular from the study is often shared by patient safety advocates. The report noted that each and every year nearly 100,000 patients are killed by preventable medical errors. The figure is helpful is quickly illustrating the scope of the medical mistake problem. While most doctors, nurses, and aides do their best to provide proper care, the sad reality is that we still have a very long way to go before all medical patients receive reasonable care free of mistakes every time they visit medical professionals.
To Err is Human was first released in 1999. However, follow-up studies from the Institute of Medicine and many other researchers has found that little has changed in the last thirteen years. Tens of thousands of patients continue to be killed and many more injured each and every year as a result of various errors in medical care. It is incumbent upon all practitioners and administrators to do everything in their power to improve patient safety figures.