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Working to Eliminate Preventable Medical Harm

More than 250,000 Americans die annually from preventable medical errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States. The number of Americans experiencing serious, but non-lethal, injury from preventable errors may be 10 to 20 times that number. Medical errors lead to an estimated $50 billion in added U.S. health care costs, and up to $1 trillion in lost human potential and contributions. These alarming statistics emphasize the urgent need for patients and health care professionals to work together to eliminate medical errors and to assure the highest quality of health care for everyone in our communities.

To respond to this daunting national challenge, UNTHSC has established the Institute for Patient Safety dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care in our region and throughout the nation. The Institute is achieving its objectives through collaborative, patient-centered, interprofessional initiatives that include comprehensive professional and community education, applied research to generate new knowledge and innovations, and quality improvement projects that directly impact health care delivery.

 

 

This page was last modified on July 26, 2017