Vox is running a year-long series on what happens when the health-care system harms patients and how those instances can be reduced — and we want to hear from medical professionals who could speak about it.
So far, we've looked at how frequently medical harm happens in the United States, and at a national effort to eliminate one particular type of harm, central line infections. We've also reached out to patients asking them to share their own experiences of harm.
Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are a key part of this series, too. And in our next piece, we'll focus on how health-care providers try to prevent accidental harm and how they deal with it when it happens.
We're hoping to find health-care providers who can answer questions like: What steps do you take to prevent harm? Is it typically apparent when a patient has been harmed, or is it difficult to tell? How do you navigate difficult situations in which serious patient harm has happened?
If you want to talk about any of those issues, drop a note to Vox's Sarah Kliff with your thoughts. We will keep all of the information you provide us confidential unless you give us permission to share it.