"To Err is Human" is the 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine that turned the medical community on its head, and had everyone a bit more fearful than usual to go to the hospital.
According to the authors' findings, at least 44,000 deaths occur a year in U.S. hospitals because of medical errors. Or the number could be as high as 98,000 per year. And the stunning finding?most of these deaths could be preventable.
Since the "To Err Is Human" report came, preventing medical mistakes has become a driving goal for healthcare risk management and in the medical community overall.