Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: 20 Tips To Help Prevent Medical Errors
One in seven Medicare patients in hospitals experiences a medical error. But medical errors can occur anywhere in the health care system: In hospitals, clinics, surgery centres, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, and patients’ homes. Errors can involve medicines, surgery, diagnosis, equipment, or lab reports. They can happen during even the most routine tasks, such as when a hospital patient on a salt-free diet is given a high-salt meal.