- Nearly 100,000 people die every year in US hospitals from preventable medical errors.
- You are 3 times more likely to die from preventable hospital errors than from a car accident.
- Nationwide, 1 out of 370 people admitted to a hospital dies from medical errors.
- It would take about 200 of Boeing-747 airplanes to crush annually to equal 100,000 preventable deaths.
- Nurses play crucial role in catching medical errors and preventing deaths.
According to a report published by Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), one in four unexpected events leading to patient death, injury or permanent loss of function are the result of inadequate staffing.
Heavy workloads contribute to staffing shortages: for each patient added to a nurse’s workload, rates of burnout and job dissatisfaction — two key precursors to job turnover — rise by 23 percent and 15 percent respectively. (See “Nurse Staffing in Hospitals: Is There a Business Case for Quality?” Health Affairs. v. 25, #1.)
- To save people from dying due to preventable medical errors, nurses all over the United States fight for safe staffing and patient safety. Exhausted nurses leave the profession because of inadequate staffing, low pay, burnout, and lack of support.
- Save yourself, and your loved ones from preventable medical errors. Save lives by supporting your nurses !