Every bed counts, twice maybe

Jun 6, 2005

When I first started hearing about the number of Americans who die each year from infections they catch in hospitals and other medical mistakes, the estimate was somewhere around 30,000. Now it’s climbed to 103,000 per year, according to this op/ed in the NYTimes. Clearly this is a problem in our country, but it sure would be nice to have a clear picture of what that problem is.

Last year at the AHCJ conference, Robert Wachter gave a chilling talk about medical mistakes. He’s a leader in the effort to find ways to improve our hospitals and the ways medical teams communicate with each other.

Anton Zuiker

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