Posted by medconsumers on December 31, 2005
The Failure of the New York State Health Department to Monitor Medical Errors / New York State’s Failure to Adequately Protect Patients
By: Blair Horner, Arthur Levin. MPH, Rachel Marx
Endorsed by: Center for Justice & Democracy, Center for Medical Consumers, New York Public Interest Research Group, New York StateWide Senior Action Council, Patient Information Alliance, PULSE of New York
It has been a little over five years since the release of the National
Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine’s (IoM) landmark report, To Err is Human. Authored by a prestigious group of national experts in patient safety and quality improvement, the report documented for the first time the staggering number of medical errors occurring in the nation’s hospitals. The IoM estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year in U.S. hospitals as a result of medical errors, many of which are preventable. The report also stated that the nation spends as much as $29 billion in treating those injured by medical mistakes.