Hospitals and ambulatory care centers remain risky places for US patients despite more than a decade of national efforts to improve patient safety, according to testimony at a US Senate subcommittee hearing, webcast on July 17, 2014 (http://1.usa.gov/UaVr7g).
This sobering assessment comes at the 15-year anniversary of the release of a seminal report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on patient safety (To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine; 1999).
Bridget M. Kuehn. Patient Safety Still LaggingAdvocates Call for National Patient Safety Monitoring Board. JAMA. 2014;312(9):879–880. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10310