Preventing Medical Errors

Posted on May 6, 2016

Preventable Medical Errors May Be the Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States.

According to 2013 research published in the Journal of Patient Safety, 210,000 Americans are killed by preventable hospital errors annually. This is particularly important for our seniors. How can you minimize the risk to you or the senior in your life?

“Needed changes involve not only doctors and hospitals but increased participation by patients in their health-care decisions…. [To] empower them to be thoroughly integrated into their care so that they can take the lead in reducing their risk of serious harm and death. All evidence points to the need for much more patient involvement...”1
In essence, it is important for our seniors to be aware of their options. Whenever possible, they should have someone with them acting as a personal advocate. Ask questions. Be informed. Take notes. For every medication and every treatment, ask “What is it?”, “Why do I need it?”, “What can I expect?”

Use all of the tools available in order to remain educated on the options available to you, or the senior in your life. Start here at Senior Living University.


James, JT. A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care. Journal of Patient Safety. September 2013;9(3);122–128: doi: 10.1097/PTS.0b013e3182948a69