Corporate Compliance

Scrutiny of medical errors increases

Health Care Auditing Strategies, December 1, 2008

by Camella Boateng An estimated 44,000–98,000 American adults die each year from preventable medical errors, such as improper blood transfusions, wrong-site surgery, or falls in a healthcare facility, according to the 1999 Institute of Medicine article “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.” Avoidable errors result in additional medical care and discomfort, disability, or death. Further, these errors adversely affect household productivity and personal incomes.  

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