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What is a 'never event' and how often do they occur?

Instances in which an incorrect surgical procedure is performed on a patient are referred to as "never events". They're coined as such as a way of emphasizing that they would have never happened if not for some serious safety lapses occurring along the way.

A car crash in Calumet City results in the death of a 9-year-old

Two motorists collided at the intersection of Michigan City Road and Torrence Avenue in the southeastern Chicago suburb of Calumet City just before 6:56 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 19. A young boy, who'd been riding as a passenger in one of the two cars that was struck was killed in the crash.

Reasons medical errors impact 20 percent of Americans

A September 27th report, released by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Foundation, shows that 20 percent of all Americans have been medical error victims. A survey of just over 2,500 randomly chosen respondents also showed that even for those who haven't been directly affected by a medical error incident, nearly one-third reported having known someone who has been.

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