About 15 years ago, a report from the Institute of Medicine revealed the shocking number of deaths due to medical errors and called for reform. Unfortunately, patients aren’t better protected now, said Dr. Ashish Jha, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. In fact, according to an article in Pacific Standard magazine, studies show that 25 percent of patients within 30 days of being prescribed a new drug suffer adverse drug affects and injuries from medication errors.
Is Anything Being Done to Reduce Medication Errors and Protect the Public From Harm?
Unfortunately, too many patients in hospitals and at the pharmacy level are suffering harm from medication errors that are preventable. As a result, patient-safety experts are asking Congress to do the following:
- Step in and take action.
- Give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more responsibility to track patient harm and medical mistakes.
- Put systems in place to monitor patient care.
- Establish a National Patient Safety Board.
Because injuries and deaths continue to happen as a result of medical mistakes in hospitals and pharmacies, it is important that something more be done to help prevent patient harm. This is why John James, a scientist and patient advocate whose son died as a result of medical errors, published his study “More Than 1,000 Preventable Deaths a Day Is Too Many: The Need to Improve Patient Safety.” According to his study, as many as 400,000 deaths every year are the result of preventable harm in hospitals.
This is why he is calling on Congress to establish a National Patient Safety Board to investigate the harm occurring to patients in hospitals and other settings. If you agree that more needs to be done to protect patients and help the health care community improve and do a better job of reducing medical mistakes, please share this blog with others on Twitter.