BMJ: 5 ways to reduce medical errors

In a recent BMJ study, the journal found medical errors were the third leading cause of death in the United States. The study authors give key recommendations to reduce medical errors in organizations, according to National Law Review.

Here are five ways:

1. Create a culture that makes patient safety a top priority. During meetings, have "prevention" as an item of discussion.

2. Implement a patient safety program with standard operating procedures and protocols.

3. Have a corrective action process in place if an error happens.

4. Patients should play a part in the decision-making process. Make sure patients fully understand Informed Consent.

5. Always update your protocols to lower future risk.

More articles on quality & infection control:
10% boost in hand hygiene compliance reduced HAIs by 6%: 4 takeaways
Regeneron & BARDA collaborate for MERS treatment: 3 points
How to effectively communicate adverse events to family members — 5 things to know

Copyright © 2022 Becker's Healthcare. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy. Cookie Policy. Linking and Reprinting Policy.


Patient Safety Tools & Resources Database

Featured Webinars

Featured Whitepapers

Featured Podcast