In a recent article in USA Today, “If a 747 jetliner crashed every day, killing all 500 people aboard, there would be a national uproar over aviation safety and an all-out mobilization to fix the problem.”
However, “in the nation’s hospitals…about the same number of people die on average every day from medical ‘adverse events,’ many of them preventable errors, such as infections or incorrect medications. Where’s the outrage?”
USA Today goes on to recommend the expanded use of medical checklists, greater transparency to allow patients to “evaluate their local hospitals,” and use of financial incentives that would prevent hospitals from profiting from failure.
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