Researchers calculate that hospitals spend between $2.7 million and $13.5 million on malpractice litigation.
Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

5 Resources on the Costs of Adverse Events

by Sean Power

Patient safety advocates at hospitals sometimes face roadblocks when introducing new safety measures. One approach to overcome these obstacles involves looking at the financial costs absorbed when things go wrong.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This article explores the legal costs associated with adverse events and ways to minimize unnecessary expenses. Read More

Practices & Tips, Respiratory Compromise

5 Tips on How to Improve Patient Safety With the Help of Technology

by Michael Wong

(This article first appeared in Becker’s Clinical Quality & Infection Control.)

More than 10 years ago, the Institute of Medicine in its landmark report, “To Err is Human” pointed out that at least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented. IOM therefore called for the building of a safer healthcare delivery system.

In 2009, ten years after the original IOM report, Consumers Union, the non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, concluded in its report “To Err is Human – To Delay is Deadly”:

“Despite a decade of work, we have no reliable evidence that we are better off today. More than 100,000 patients still needlessly die every year in U.S hospitals and health-care settings …”

Implementing change to decrease adverse events and to increase patient safety can be difficult for hospitals and healthcare facilities to implement. But, improvements are possible. Here are five tips to get you started. Read More