In response to a medical error report published earlier this year that painted a bleak picture, a new report indicates that hospitals and medical staff members have taken the threat of medical errors to heart and are trying their best to prevent these critical mistakes. The original report found that roughly 325,000 people die every year in the U.S. as a result of medical errors, which makes medical errors one of the leading causes of death.
The new report found that many medical institutions are implementing new strategies to try to reduce these mistakes and improve patient health. For example, a pilot program at Kaiser is experimenting with different colored scrubs that identify staff members who are working on dispensing medication. This will alert other workers not to bother these staffers.