On July 17th, 2014 the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held an important hearing on “Over 1000 Deaths Per Day is Too Many: The Need to Improve Patient Safety“. Six experts testified and shared pdf. files of their reports including citations.
To download all of the experts’ complete testimonies or listen to the hearing go here.
To get links to all expert excerpts published in Confident Voices in Healthcare Blog go here.
Excerpt from: Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, FCCM, Senior Vice President for PatientSafety and Quality and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Medicine today has preventable harm as the third leading cause of death. We do not know exactly how many people die needlessly, but we should. My colleague, David Bates, and I used published literature to estimate that over 220,000 preventable deaths occur from health care; that is over 600 deaths daily, which is far more than from mining or faulty automobiles yet receiving far less attention. This estimate is conservative and does not include more than 120,000 deaths from teamwork failures, 80,000 deaths from misdiagnosis, or thousands of deaths from sepsis.
To read my open letter to the Senate Subcommittee in response to the hearing go here.