Extreme makeover: Hospital edition

Mar 24, 2011

Medical errors—which are already at epidemic proportions at U.S. hospitals—will likely surge without dramatic organizational and cultural reforms within health care organizations, a new study suggests.
The absence of a clear safety culture or an adequate conceptual toolkit for improving safety makes preventing medical errors difficult, according to the new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“It’s shocking that as much goes right as it does in a hospital,” says Ranga Ramanujam, professor of management at Vanderbilt University.