Essay Medical Errors And Patient Safety

848 Words Feb 26th, 2015 4 Pages
It’s more than likely that every person has encountered some situation relevant or based on patient safety. Multiple times in a person’s life we have encountered a patient safety situation whether we heard about it on the news by various IOM reports, known a friend or loved one who experienced a medical error, yourself had experienced a medical error, or maybe you were a nurse or doctor who mistakenly made a medical error. The issue with patient safety is becoming a bigger and bigger problem as we speak. Various institutes and centers have been created in hopes of getting more and more people aware of the medical errors happening and also trying to decrease the percentage as much as possible. Medical errors is the third leading cause of death in the United States. A major IOM report on patient safety, To Err Is Human, focused on the issue of patient safety and how the percentage has increased; also reporting between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die in United States hospitals each year from preventable medical errors. Medical errors such as patient falls, physical restraints, nosocomial infections, and nursing care hours. Because of the increase in medical errors various institutes such as ANA’s National Center for Nursing Quality (NCNQ), The Joint Commission (TJC), and the Robert Wood Johnson foundation (RWJF) was created. The NCNQ has been monitoring nursing quality through quality measurement, novel research, and collaborative learning (Hatmaker, 2013). All are hoping to…

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