Death from clinical error is the third greatest cause of mortality in hospitals (greater than breast cancer and trauma). We are killing our patients. The healthcare industry has recognised this and has pumped funds and resources into combatting the problem. However the same issues and adverse events continue to occur.
Professor Bill Runciman says of Australian healthcare ‘Without re-design the system will continue with relentless inefficiency to kill 10,000 patients and generate 500,000 adverse events ….’
In a series of posts we will explore how the safety frameworks in healthcare may actually be detrimental to delivering effective safety solutions. Through this we aim to provide avenues to fix the problem.