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Medical error catharsis… developing a workable and effective disclosure process

A story on the American Medical Association’s website, Amednews.com, discusses the story of three physicians who decided to share their perspectives on medical errors in which they were involved.   Each physician’s story demonstrates how painfully easy it is to be distracted, make incorrect assumptions and to bypass safety processes designed to avoid errors.  One case, that of a surgeon who inadvertently performed the wrong surgery on the wrong patient highlights how a language barrier, last minute change of venue and a lack of attention to detail were each contributing factors to the error.  The story cites an Archives of Surgery study which found that about 250 physicians per year commit suicide and that this represents a rate that is double that of the general population.