Who gets the blame for patient safety errors?

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 16, 2014

When the Institute of Medicine's report To Err Is Human was released in 1999, there was a clear shift in the patient safety world. Previously, clinicians absorbed the brunt of the blame when it came to medical errors. The report shed new light on the medical industry and began shifting some of that blame toward systemic errors within healthcare organizations.
 
What followed the report was an era of standardization and checklists that helped alleviate some of those organizational inadequacies. But perhaps the pendulum swung too far over the past 15 years and suddenly system errors were absorbing all of the blame, while clearly negligent clinicians went largely unpunished.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the April issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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