Being a part of health care is great, isn't it? We're so lucky that we get to do this work. It's really the most rewarding profession. But did you know that more than 180,000 people die every year in this country as the result of preventable medical errors? That’s the equivalent of 20 passenger jets crashing every week.
Health care professionals are talented people, and they all hope to provide the best care they can for their patients, but they’re not perfect. However, a good system and the correct approach can help make up for human imperfections. Medical errors are more of a systems problem than a people problem.
Fortunately, there's this thing called the IHI Open School that helps you identify -- and fix -- some of these system errors that happen every day in health care. Things like implementing computerized order checking to prevent medication errors, encouraging rigorous adherence to hand-hygiene, and using simple checklists to save patients from deadly infections.
This movement, the Open School, helps us confront these real world issues. We can all feel more confident in our careers. And if we do ever make -- or see -- a mistake, we'll be better prepared to handle it.
We all want to improve the system, and this is a way to get ahead of the curve. Will you join us?