Hospitals Fall Short in Mitigating Serious Patient Safety Events

Patient Engagement HIT
By Sara Heath
July 1, 2019

Only three-quarters of the nation’s hospitals are following best practices for handling serious or life-threatening patient safety mistakes, according to a recent analysis by healthcare consulting firm the Leapfrog Group.

This number is far too low considering the gravity of these issues, report authors said.

Mistakes happen, medical experts acknowledge, but there are some issues that should never arise. These incidents, known in healthcare as “never events,” include mistakes like operating on the wrong limb or the wrong patient, leaving foreign objects inside of a patient, or a death from a faulty medical device or contaminated medications.