Many of us are familiar with the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 1999 report, To Err is Human, which revealed that 44,000- 98,000 Americans die annually as the result of medical errors. However, most of the discussions of medical error have centered on the care received in a hospital setting. Significant medical errors can also occur in other patient care settings such as physician's offices, outpatient surgical centers, imaging centers, nursing homes and retail pharmacies.
AUTHOR: Norman Scarborough, M.D.
Associate Medical Director