Quality of care (and by proxy medical errors) is probably topic number two behind insurance reform on the nation’s health care agenda. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives Campaign was dramatically successful. In fact, since reaching the 100,000 lives threshold, IHI has introduced The 5 Million Lives Campaign (“a voluntary initiative to protect patients from five million incidents of medical harm over the next two years”).
Medical errors happen (a lot). But we don’t always hear a personalized story. And the story is often what brings the issue into focus. So with great interest, I’ve been following the events of multiple medical errors at the non-health care blog Nine Shift. It’s an amazing account of a series of improbable events. Thankfully, the story has concluded positively. Go, here to read it (you can probably figure out what to do from there but just in case: successive posts here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here).
By the way, while we’re somewhat on topic, look into their book (“Nine Shift – Work, life and education in the 21st century”), “Nine Shift explores the uncanny parallels between today and 100 years ago, examining the changes between the two transition periods and the forces that restructure society in the new economic era. Discover each of the major nine shifts currently taking place and find out the implications of each shift for business and work, life and education.” The book was one of my earliest introductions to the topic of universal health care.
Thank you William Draves for sharing your family’s very personal story, our thoughts and prayers are with all.