medical errors


Capstone Project: Change Proposal Topic


Dr. Chavarria

July 28, 2019

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Capstone Project: Change Proposal Topic

Within the health care system in the United States there are many barriers or issues that

need to be addressed and medical errors are among the barriers that need to be resolved the most

by health care professionals. Medical and medication errors that are made to any degree are

factors that contribute negatively to the quality of care received by patients. The goal of any

health care organization should be to put the needs of their patients first by providing care that

improves patient health outcomes and elevates overall patient experience and satisfaction.

Medical errors have become a major concern recently since data that was collected in 2017

indicated that the number of deaths caused by medical errors annually, was over 250,000. This

total placed death caused by medical errors third on the list of most deaths, and could possibly be

higher than indicated (Andersen, 2017). The same study also highlighted that the number of

medical errors that are reported and recorded, come out to just under ten percent. When errors go

unnoticed or unrecorded, it takes away the opportunity for health care professionals and

managers to learn from their mistakes and to focus their resources on implementing positive

changes that promote high quality of care.

Based on the logic model, the topic of the proposal will be to accurately identify medical

errors, provide an effective solution or solutions to these problems, and the expected outcomes

after implementing necessary changes. Medical errors can occur in several different forms and

the severity of the mistake all range from minor to major. Some examples of the most common

mistakes made in the delivery of patient care include the misdiagnoses of a disease, nosocomial

infections, and medication errors (Makary, 2016).