When people think of safety and RA, they mostly think of medications and lifestyle issues. But patient safety involves much more than that.
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released what was at the time a groundbreaking study about medical errors, which was aptly titled, “To Err Is Human: Building A Safer Health System”. At the time, the study estimated that about 100,000 people per year died from preventable medical errors.
Some, including Forbes, have criticized the report for grossly underestimating medical errors. As of 2014, over 400,000 people a year die from medical errors (McCann, 2014). That’s more than 1,000 patients per day, making death by medical error the third leading cause of death in the United States, only surpassed by heart disease and cancer. Further, there are nearly 10,000 cases per day of complications that are a direct result of medical error (McCann, 2014).