medical errors

January 4, 2018

Every year, medical errors cause an estimated 250,000 inpatient deaths in the United States, and communications failures during patient handoffs are a root cause for one-third of them, say medical governing bodies such as the Joint Commission.

The age-old joke about physicians’ bad handwriting is no laughing matter. An illegible prescription can have dire consequences.

Physicians’ disclosure of errors has been studied more in the past decade than ever before, spurring rationales and guidelines for acknowledging one’s own mistakes with patients.

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