YOUR HEALTH CARE
Tips to Help
Prevent Medical Errors
Medical errors are one of
the nation�s leading causes of death and injury. A recent report by
the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000
people die each year as the result of medical errors.
Medical errors happen when
something that was planned as a part of medical care doesn�t work out,
or when the wrong plan was used in the first place. Medical errors can
occur anywhere in the health care system. They can happen during even
the most routine tasks, such as when a hospital patient on a salt-free
diet is given a high-salt meal. Most errors result from a break down in
today�s complex health care system. But errors also happen when
doctors and their patients have problems communicating.
Patient Care and Safety, a coalition of hospitals, health care
professionals and health plans, is working together to make the Virginia
health care system safer for patients and the public. You can help too.
The single most important way you can help to prevent errors is to be an
active member of your health care team. That means taking part in every
decision about your health care. Research shows that patients who are
more involved with their care tend to get better results. The tips below
have been compiled from a variety of sources, including the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality and the Institute for Safe Medication
� Hospital Stays
� Home Health
� Other Steps
courtesy of Carilion Health System)
You Can Help Your Family Prevent Medical Errors!
Como proteger a usted y a su familia de los errores m�dicos
Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children
Patient Safety Foundation
Speak Up: Help Prevent Errors in Your Care