Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2016

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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6 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 N o one would disagree that every life is precious. Need proof? People from all walks of life dash into burning buildings, dig through rubble and plunge into raging waters just for the chance to pull someone back from the brink. And yet this shared societal commitment to preserving life seemingly doesn't extend to health care. If we truly value every life, why is the news that an estimated quarter of a million patients die each year from pre- ventable medical errors met with a shrug? There's more outrage generated when a popular Dancing with the Stars contestant is voted off the show than when we find out that the population of Orlando perishes each year because healthcare professionals don't follow infection prevention protocols, forgo safety checklists, overprescribe deadly amounts of medication or mark the wrong surgical site. How much longer will you let that apathy continue? Stop the Preventable Medical Error Crisis How many more patients must die before we decide enough is enough? On Point Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD • LOOK IN THE MIRROR It's time for all healthcare professionals to seriously consider what they can to do promote safe patient care.

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