Five years after the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its report To Err Is Human (1999) with its all-too-familiar statistics of medical errors in hospitals, little has changed.
In the typical hospital environment, sounds of beepers, alarms, machines, telephones, and voices are considered “usual and customary” — normal to those who work there and those who watch the television show “ER.”
Children in Medicaid are considered to be at risk for exposure to sources of lead poisioning in their living environment.
MEDDIC-MS is an automated, rapid-cycle managed care quality performance measure system for Wisconsin’s Medicaid/BadgerCare HMO program.
As the new calendar year started, the 109th Congress came roaring into town, and President Bush was inaugurated into office for a second term. Then for the second time ever, the president promoted improving healthcare in his 2005 State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress.
Pennsylvania, which has the third largest senior population in the United States, is in a unique position to lead in setting the standard of long-term care quality.
While we all purport to value ethics, the real value of ethics is unclear to many. Few perceive ethics as a valuable problem-solving resource. Yet, while ethics is touted as among the most serious and important of issues, it has good bark but little bite.
First, I want to say that the most important learning about patient safety is that systems — not individuals — cause errors and injuries.