HSM 541 Errors Safety

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HSM 541 Errors Safety
Since the IOM published To Err Is Human, a groundbreaking report that boldly pointed out the…

 

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HSM 541 Errors Safety

HSM 541 Errors Safety

Discussions Week 6 All Students Posts 25 Pages

Since the IOM published To Err Is Human, a groundbreaking report that boldly pointed out the problem of medical errors, concerns regarding patient safety and the need to reduce errors have come to the forefront of the U.S. healthcare system. What initiatives have accreditation organizations and other external agencies undertaken to address these issues?

What strategies have been used by healthcare institutions to reduce medical errors? Do you think these efforts have been effective?  Back in the olden times, before doctors knew what a germ was, hand washing did not seem important. But now we have super germs and many studies demonstrating the importance of hand washing. So, in theory, no patient should have to ask a nurse or doctor to wash his/her hands.

As a risk manager, what could you do to insure medical personnel wash hands before touching a patient?  Does the term negligence come to mind?  Study after study indicates that there are many more adverse medical events than lawsuits. Additionally, Statistics compiled by Physician Insurers Association of America indicate that juries are reluctant to find a physician negligent. Seventy percent of cases ultimately close without indemnity payment to the patient. When cases do go to the jury, physicians win more than 80% of the time. This has held true for at least a decade.  Why do you think juries do not like to find doctors liable?…