Essay about The Center Of Disease Control And Prevention

812 Words Sep 5th, 2014 4 Pages
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (2014) about 1 in 25 hospital patients acquire Hospital Acquired Infections ( HAI) in which more than half are outside the ICU. As health care is evolving, one of the main things that must be looked at is patient safety. When discussing patient safety, items to look at include its history, its definition/importance, and its future.
History of Patient Safety While it was expected for health care professionals to help treat patients, one thing that was not really accounted for was the possibility of them making mistakes. According to the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) (2014), "traditional thinking equated error with incompetence and regarded punishment as both appropriate and effective in motivating individuals to be more careful.” (p. 1). With possible punishment, health care providers decreased reports of their mistakes. The problem with this is that it did not help solve the root of the problem because more mistakes were being made, but with little information, it became difficult to come up with a solution. Around the 1990 's, as technology and information was advancing, it was shown that more medical errors were happening than expected. (AHRQ, 2014, p.5). With the information gathered, leaders were coming up with ways to reduce errors, such as upgrading technology. Eventually health care was viewed as systems. Health care providers were encouraged to report their…

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