To Err Is Human: Engaging the Physical Therapy Profession in an Interprofessional Patient Safety Discussion

In 1999, there were approximately 98,000 deaths occurring within the health care system as a result of medical errors. Twenty years later, that number has quadrupled to 400,000. Health care providers are the third leading cause of death in the United States, ranked behind heart disease and cancer.ÊThe health care industry typicallyÊhighlights a couple of professions and inpatient settings when discussingÊmedical errors. However, this is a skewed perception based upon traditional health care delivery models. According to the Healthcare Providers Service Organization Physical Therapy 2016 Claims Report Update, the improper management category, which includes collaboration across the health care team, has the highest percentage of closed claims. A new vision for health care delivery includes an interprofessionalÊcollaborative approach, where all team members share in the responsibility of delivering patient-centered care and optimizing patient outcomes. Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants should be considered integral members of an interprofessional health care team focused on reducing medical harm, subsequently improving patient safety. Attendees will watch a patient safety documentary, To Err is Human, and reflect and discuss the potential effects an interprofessional team can have on reducing medical harm.

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  • Control #: 2021
  • Type: Education Session
  • Event/Year: CSM 2020
  • Authors: Tina Gunaldo
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