Medical Error Rate Remains Stagnant in the U.S.

An important finding regarding medical errors in the United States recently appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.  The finding, reached by researchers at Harvard Medical School, found that the number of medical errors in the United States has not decreased over the past 6 years.

While the study took place in North Carolina, researchers believe that the findings are applicable to the entire United States.

What Could Be Done Better?

Researchers found that regulatory agencies have been doing a better job of making patient safety a priority.  However, they are doing it in a piecemeal fashion.  What remains lacking is a comprehensive approach to patient safety. 

According to the study, more than 63% of the medical errors could have been avoided if proper patient safety measures had been in place.