Why is a Number ?

1 is a Number is Easy to Read, Easy to Understand, Patient Safety Facts

One is a Number is a Product of Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education & Advocacy

When it's your family, the numbers don't matter

In November 2009, it was 10 years since the Institute of Medicine Report “To Err is Human” was released. That report which stated that as many as 98,000 people die each year in hospitals from preventable medical errors, has led to many additional studies and research about numbers.

In 2016 Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. 

But, when it is you, or someone you love, the numbers don’t matter – because each person must be counted. We may never be able to count each life we can save, so we have to reach everyone because "One is a Number."

We hope that this will be a place to easily find studies and information about patient safety and studies about medical errors while remembering that each number represents someone who entrusted their life or the life of a loved one to the healthcare system.

Find your patient safety research information here.  Did we miss something?  Let us know.

One day, a  hospital administrator said to me, "If you can't show how educating patients saves lives, it will never be funded or supported".

I responded with "if it was your child, we could have saved, isn't 1 a number?"

Ilene Corina, Founder 1 is a Number