Society Backs IOM Report on Preventing Medical Error
ASHP endorses the thrust of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) recent recommendations on medical error prevention.
"To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," released in late November, was based on a study by IOM's Committee on Quality of Health Care in America. ASHP provided the Institute with background information, including a summary of the efforts by health-system pharmacists over the years to reduce the incidence of medication errors. The committee calls for:
- The creation of a National Center for Patient Safety within the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,
- Federal legislation to establish mandatory and voluntary reporting systems,
- Payer and regulatory incentives to improve safety practices, and
- Development of a "culture of safety" within health care organizations.
ASHP Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D, said the strategies recommended within the report are a critical step in unifying efforts to reduce and eliminate medical error. "We applaud the analysis and recommendations in this report. It is clear that the numerous well-intentioned efforts currently focused on this problem are not enough, and that a comprehensive, well-coordinated national initiative is needed," he said, adding, "ASHP looks forward to helping define and establish a national commitment to resolving this issue." To read a summary of "To Err is Human," see books.nap.edu/html/to_err_is_human.