Improve Patient Safety

Medical errors have an enormous impact on hospitals in terms of human and monetary costs. They are responsible for injury in as many as 1 out of every 25 hospital patients; an estimated 48,000-98,000 patients die from medical errors each year.

Errors in health care have been estimated to cost more than $5 million per year in a large teaching hospital, and preventable health care-related errors cost the economy from $17 to $29 billion each year. The IOM report estimates that 44,000 to 98,000 people each year die from medical errors. Even the lower estimate is higher than the annual mortality from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516), thus making medical errors the eighth leading cause of death in the United States.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has shown that medical errors may result most frequently from systems errors—organization of health care delivery and how resources are provided in the delivery system. Understanding the nature and causes of error and injury in health care is the first step in preventing it.

That’s why HealthStream has partnered with some of the country’s leading patient safety experts to offer specific solutions to patient safety education and training needs. For example, HealthStream’s Perinatal Patient Safety Library has improved the care delivered during the perinatal period and reduced claims loss exposure for customer healthcare organizations.

Please make a selection from some of our extensive courseware library below to learn more about how we can help you effectively and efficiently improve your patient safety outcomes.


  • Learn from the country’s leading patient safety experts offering specific solutions to patient safety and education and training needs
  • Maintain Joint Commission accreditation
  • Foster a culture of safety, reduce risk and improve outcomes


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