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Sheba MasihAssignment #2: Medical ErrorsHMGT 420 Health Care Facilities ManagementProfessor: Jerome BozekDue: April 9th, 20171
HGMT420 Quality Topic Research SummaryStudent NameSheba MasihQuality TopicMedical ErrorsQuality Topic DescriptionMedical error is a serious problem in healthcare today. It poses a threat to patient safety. The most recognized way to reduce medical errors is to understand the aspects that lead up to the error and determine ways to protect the patients in theprocess. According to Ethan Grober and John Bohnen, “Medical errors are a leading cause of death in North America; between 44 000 and 98 000 patients are estimated to die each year in the USA as a result of medical errors. Using conservative estimates, deaths due to medical errors exceed the number attributable to the 8th leading cause of death in North America” (2005). Besides the alarming rates in death due to medical errors, the costs of these errors pose an issue as well. Medical errors are estimated to cost between US$17-billion and US$29-billion per year in lost income, lost household production, disability and additional health care costs (Grober, Bohnen, 2005). Theonly way for healthcare providers to reduce these errors and the costs of these medical errors is to determine the cause and come up with solutions or improvement methods to decrease the amount of medical errors. Too often, whenproviders make an error during a procedure, they fail to report this incident or inform the patient about what went wrong during the procedure. This is because many providers believe that reporting a critical incident can result in them losing the health practice and may bring legal problems for them.