I’ll be speaking Wednesday at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. The public is invited; 1 p.m. in O’Keeffe Auditorium. (Go in the main entrance (White Building) on Fruit Street and ask.) This post is mainly about Patient Safety Awareness Week.
Every year the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) sponsors Patient Safety Awareness Week, to raise awareness of the many issues that contribute to patient safety – and the many ways healthcare sometimes falls short. It’s a big deal: most people really don’t want to hear this, but thousands of people are accidentally killed in hospitals every month.
Most people don’t call it “killed,” but some do – what else do you call it when something is done by accident and a person dies?