To Do No Harm: Safety as a Professional Obligation

One hundred thousand Americans are losing their lives each year in hospitals due to medical errors and medication-induced complications. To minimalize preventable deaths, health leaders should engage and educate their hospital board, use surgical checklists, and educate patients on proper medication adherence, one expert says.


1 comments on "To Do No Harm: Safety as a Professional Obligation"
Rhonda S. Bell, DBA (2/10/2011 at 10:44 AM)

Hi, Allan I admire your plea for safety to be brought back to the forefront of healthcare, especially with a history lesson. The Hippocratic writings have much fundamental value that I think we have lost in healthcare. We have focused on "hi-tech" and lost a great deal of the "hi-touch." Not that I am opposed to technology, many strides have been made to save lives. However, their does need to be a pendulum swing back to "hi-touch" to provide a balance in the safety of care. I would like to go a step further and recommend: "To Do No Harm: Safety as a Heart Obligation." Thank you so much for this article and bringing the safety and confidence in care back to the forefront of healthcare. Also, thank you for your work at BCBS and making this a global effort. Inspired and kind regards, Rhonda


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