Patient safety means patients first

By James H. Herndon, MD, MBA

Adverse events are more than just complications

Although medical errors, adverse events, and complications have always been around, I, like most orthopaedic surgeons, had lumped them all into the category of complications—until I read Michael L. Millenson’s Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age. He introduced me to the concepts of medical errors and adverse events in a new way, clearly separating a preventable adverse event resulting from a medical error and an adverse event that is truly a complication of treatment.

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