Program to Reduce Medical Mistakes
“Five Million Lives Campaign"
Since December 2006, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has asked hospitals across the U.S. to join its revolutionary program called the "Five Million Lives Campaign."
Intended to end in January 2009, this program is a national effort to improve doctor-patient communication and to reduce the number of lives lost due to medical mistakes.
Tragically, over 40,000 medical mistakes occur in the U.S. every day. Over a year's time, such medical mistakes affect over 15 million Americans. Consequently, it's no surprise that medical mistakes are the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S.
How "5 Million Lives" Works
To combat such harm and help save lives, the IHI has asked healthcare facilities to adopt 12 "interventions," or changes.
Of the 12 interventions associated with this campaign, the following six were changes adopted from former campaigns:
In addition to these, the IHI also asked hospitals to incorporate the following new interventions:
While this essential campaign still has a few months in action, it has already made a difference in healthcare across the nation, as hundreds of thousands of lives have already been saved.
(Source: The Discovery Channel)
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