Fail: 22.6 Million YEARS of Life Lost Due to Medical Harm

Slogan-CollageThe health care industry has done a remarkable job of polishing its own “brand” of being a safe and welcoming place to meet all your health care needs. Slogans tout a “loving,” “committed” “culture of care.”

But is it really safe to trust slogans?  What’s going on behind the walls may be alarming to many people.

Today’s headline, referenced in this blog’s title,  is another in a series of wake-up calls that started in 2001 with the Institute of Medicine’s report “To Err is Human.”

Harvard researchers have found that medical harm occurs in nearly 43 million hospital cases per year around the world, resulting in an estimated 22.6 years of life lost.  Read the full release here.

Nurses have long been concerned and are dedicated to provide something better for patients and families.  Please sign a petition for Safe Patient Standards in hospitals.

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