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Institute for Healthcare Improvement Hopes To Save Lives By Making Hospitals Safer

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One Doctor's Crusade For Hospital Reform

Dr. Donald Berwick's Institute for Healthcare Improvement Hopes To Save Lives By Making Hospitals Safer

..."Between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year, killed by their care, not by their disease," Berwick says.

The doctor says he hear from family members all the time who say my husband or wife or sister died and it didn't have to be....

...Stories like 18-month-old Josie King who came to the hospital to be treated for burns and died from dehydration. And 27-year-old Joshua Nahum, who came in with broken bones and died from an infection.

"We need to build a hospital like you build an airplane, so that everything works right and there's a kind of automatic excellence in the system instead of relying on human effort," Berwick says.

http://www.ihealthbeat.org/articles/2007/2/7/Institute-for-Healthcare-Improvement-CEO-Touts-Benefits-of-IT.aspx

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/02/06/eveningnews/main2440767.shtml

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