Fierce Healthcare reports that leading experts recently told a US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging that, despite public attention and concern, hospital patients today are no safer from harms caused by preventable errors than they were 15 years ago. In terms of error reduction and quality improvement, “[w]e have not moved the needle in any meaningful, demonstrable way overall,” Fierce Healthcare quotes Harvard School of Public Health’s Ashish Jha stating.
Experts recommended establishing a National Patient Safety Board like the existing National Transportation Safety Board, and called for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to require hospitals to publish individual facilities’ infection rates and adverse outcomes such as complications or deaths from surgeries, reports Fierce Healthcare. The article includes a link to watch the original testimonies.
Patients remain in danger from preventable errors (Fierce Healthcare, July 18, 2014)