Patient Safety

According to the National Patient Safety Foundation patient safety includes the prevention of healthcare errors and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by them.  An increasingly important area of health research, Patient Safety is of vital importance to patients and healthcare providers alike. The sentinel report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM, 1999) for the first time quantified the impact of healthcare errors.  This report cited the figure of 98,000 as the number of patient lives lost from preventable medical errors annually.