Does Simple Creativity Change Your Response to the Cold, Hard Facts? (Medical Errors) (Report)
Introduction This “deadly” information began circulating as early as 1984. Yet, we heard nothing about it until the turn of the millennium. In 2000, the hype surrounding the report “To Err is Human: Building a safer health system” came screaming to all of America via the media before it was ever even announced to the healthcare arena (Wachter and Shojania, 2004); and, quite frankly, it got our attention. The findings in the publication are indeed, the same facts previously published with reference to the New York, Colorado and Utah studies. It did take it one step further with “extrapolating the data to the “over 33.6 million admissions to U.S. hospitals in 1997, the results of the two studies imply that at least 44,000 and perhads as many as 98,000 American die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors”.