Weak patient identification policies and inadequate behavioral health training for staff are leading to dangerous yet preventable errors at American hospitals, according to patient safety advocates.
By joining forces, the groups hope to accelerate progress in patient safety.
A heroin and opioid pandemic has enveloped the country, reaching into small towns and not sparing New York City. In 2015, 937 city residents died from a heroin overdose, a 17.1% rise over the previous year. Of all overdose deaths in the city that year, 59% involved heroin.