Using medical-error reporting to drive patient safety efforts

AORN J. 2006 Sep;84(3):406-8, 411-4, 417-20; quiz 421-4. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)63918-5.


IMPROVING PATIENT SAFETY has become one of the driving forces in health care delivery. Honest, accurate disclosure of medical errors and close calls is crucial to gain a better grasp of problems, make effective changes, and evaluate progress. ALTHOUGH FEAR OF MALPRACTICE litigation remains a major deterrent to medical-error reporting, disclosure allows organizations to benefit from one another's experiences. Accountability necessitates mandatory reporting to external organizations, but a wide variety of reporting systems exist, each with its own advantages and shortcomings. National standardized reporting is a major objective for the patient safety movement. STAFF MEMBER INVESTMENT is a key factor in the safety process and needs to extend beyond the reporting procedure.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Peer Review, Health Care
  • Risk Management* / methods
  • Risk Management* / organization & administration
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Truth Disclosure*
  • United States