Coinciding with the release of the fall 2012 results on HospitalSafetyScore.com, Altarum Institute has released a new white paper describing strategies employers can use to increase the safety and quality of hospital care their employees receive and describes successful approaches used by leading employers across the United States.
Read the full report, Steering Employees Toward Safer Care.
Every year, more than 1,000,000 American patients are injured from preventable errors in hospitals, and nearly 100,000 die as a result. In addition to the tragic loss of life, these errors cost Americans an estimated $28.4 to $33.8 billion in excess health care costs as well as associated absences and lost productivity each year.
The most appalling aspect of these errors, which include hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, and procedural mistakes, is that virtually all of them are avoidable through the implementation of known, low-cost, best practices and evidence-based clinical guidelines.