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Spring Update: Preventing Medical Errors

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published "To Err is Human", using data that claimed up to 98,000 unnecessary deaths/year in American hospitals.  The IOM authorized two researchers from my alma mater, the Johns Hopkins Hospital, to update this as of Year 2016.

Drs. Makary and Daniel of Johns Hopkins have now published figures that medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after cancer and heart disease.  One concern they have is the standard death certificate has no box for "medical error".

What these fine researchers fail to point out that these concerns have been step-wise addressed for 25 years, using better communication skills and computer technology.  The goal is to make Hospitals and Imaging Centers "zones of safety".

 

  • 25 years ago, all hospitals converted to centralized pharmacies.   No medications are kept on hospital floors as was done in the past.  Each medication is patient-specific with a bar code to guarantee accuracy
  • All ER, Hospital and even some outpatient centers now use patient wrist bands.  These are also bar-coded to guarantee the right patient and specify any allergies.  I have seen patients with as many as three wrist bands
  • The institution of "Time Out" by the Joint Commission is now routine nationally.  Any participant in a procedure (physician, nurse, technologist) can call a "time out" to assure that the correct patient, the correct procedure, and the correct body part is being biopsied or operated on.
  • State legislatures are now contemplating revision of death certificates to include "medical error" as a cause of death.   The Joint Commission also recommends that patient's family should be promptly informed if an error has been made.  Hospital Risk Management Departments play a major role in this on-going process.

Thank you for reading this long, but important Spring Update.  It addresses issues that Drs. Makary and Daniel fail to bring up.

 

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