In early 2000, the Institute of Medicine of the United States published the results of an investigation carried out on medical errors in hospital patients. The report, entitled “To Err is Human”, concluded that between 44,000 and 98,000 people died annually in U.S. hospitals as a result of errors that occurred in the care process. This figure was even higher than the mortality caused by traffic accidents, breast cancer or HIV at the time.
Since then, highly effective interventions have been developed and adopted to prevent these safety-related outcomes for our patients, extending beyond the hospital setting to include outpatient care and, of course, the rheumatology practice.
Today, in A Coffee for Rheumatology we will discuss strategies that are being implemented from PANLAR to improve the care of our patients from the point of view of clinical management. With Diego Jaimes and Carlo Vinicio Caballero, editor in chief of Global Rheumatology, are Antonio Cachafeiro Vilar, Panamanian internist and rheumatologist, master in Health Services Administration and medical director of Hospital Punta Pacifica in Panama; and Pedro Santos Moreno, Colombian internist and rheumatologist, scientific director of BIOMAB IPS in Bogota.