When most people think of medical mistakes, medical malpractice or similar, they think of surgical errors (such as operating on the wrong patient or body organ,) or medication mishaps.
Hospitals spend billions of dollars collectively every year in quality control, quality assurance, and patient review systems. Almost every hospital has what is known as a Committee on Mortality & Morbidity Review, to review and hopefully correct any patient errors that occurred under its roofs. Entire organizations, such as the National Institute of Medicine, exist to improve patient care in large-scale hospital settings. Continue reading