Author: Julia Hallisy, D.D.S.
Open and honest discussion of medical errors and patient safety issues is never easy. When the patient who is harmed is a child battling a life-threatening cancer diagnosis, it becomes exponentially more difficult. In 1999 the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine (IOM) report “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” validated what parents and family members already knew - that patients were experiencing a significant amount of harm when receiving medical care. [...]