PS 101 Lesson 1: Understanding Medical Error and Patient Safety
A woman dies from untreated internal bleeding. A patient and her family are shaken by a series of medical errors during a long hospital stay. In this lesson, you’ll find out just how many people are affected by medical errors worldwide. You’ll go beyond the numbers to watch videos of family members who have lost loved ones to such errors. Finally, you’ll explore the reasons that providing safe care isn’t always easy in an environment where powerful drugs, quick decisions, and persistent distractions are the norm.
Estimated Time of Completion: 30 minutes
Learning Objectives
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
1. Discuss the rates of medical errors and preventable harm to patients in health care.
2. List at least three reasons why medical errors occur.
3. Describe the impact of medical errors on patients and families.
Contributors
Author(s):
Doug Bonacum, MBA, CSP, Vice President for Safety Management, Kaiser Permanente View Profile
Editor(s):
Laura Fink, Senior Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Stephanie Garry Garfunkel, MA, Managing Editor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement View Profile
Reviewer(s):
Barbara Edson, RN, MBA, MHA, VP, Clinical Quality, Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) View Profile
Lucian Leape, MD, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy, Harvard School of Public Health View Profile
Requirements
You must be a registered IHI.org user to take this lesson.
You must achieve a minimum score of 75% to successfully complete this lesson.