How Safe are Outpatient Facilities?

Last month an important report was issued that looked at 100 outpatient facility safety studies completed between 2000 and 2010. The report, issued by the American Medical Association’s Center for Patient Safety, found widespread problems including, but not limited to:

  • Incorrect prescriptions.
  • Misdiagnoses.
  • Missed test results.
  • Poor communication.

Yet, unlike similar studies done in hospitals there is no estimate on how many people are hurt or killed each year by these mistakes in outpatient facilities. Accordingly, the AMA is calling for more research to be done to protect patients at ambulatory facilities from medical malpractice mistakes.