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Improvements Seen in Patient Safety Awareness, Trends


“To Err is Human” was a landmark report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1999. It estimated that 44,000 to 98,000 hospitalized patients died every year from medical mistakes. Although the accuracy of these estimates is controversial, the authors' point was that, no matter how you did the math, too many people were dying due to medical mistakes. This report tried to shift the culture from one of blaming and condemning individuals for errors to that of focusing on impr more...
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