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Medical errors cost US $8.8B, result in 238,337 potentially preventable deaths: HealthGrades study
Date:4/7/2008

>The study says, ...more hospitals than ever are pledging to report their performance on safe practices and have agreed to not bill for preventable medical errors. Healthcare professionals are witnessing that zero defects is in fact possible.

Progress is being seen. We now have convincing case studies that perfection is possible when will to change and improve is present and the effort is made to implement new practices. While these examples illustrate that we have a much clearer idea of what we need to do, formidable barriers remain. Many in the industry continue to deny that truly safe care is achievable, thus the status quo continues, resulting in variation in patient safety in U.S. hospitals that is large and unpredictable. Numerous studies, including the 2007 AHRQ National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) assessing the state of hospital quality and patient safety, conclude and support the findings the progress remains modest and variation in healthcare quality remains high.


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