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This volume represents a first effort to shine a light on the solvable problems of healthcare-acquired disease.
Diseases that occur daily within the healthcare industry kill up to 250,000 patients annually. This problem represents a systemic failure to seek affordable solutions because the industry itself has a flawed understanding of what its job is: to protect patients while curing them. The adopted adage, “First do no Harm,” allows the medical community to tolerate a staggering number of unnecessary deaths. Who can save us?
Engineers! The more ambitious “Protect the Public” objective of the engineering community fills in the fatal gaps left–ironically–by the healthcare community. Engineers are problem-solvers with little tolerance for error, and healthier hospitals require an engineering touch to roll back these accidents. We cannot continue to “not do harm”; we must “protect the public” intentionally.
Engineering Healthy Hospitals marries the engineering and healthcare communities to provide real, tested solutions to this silent crisis. Turn to page one to start eliminating the problem. What “harm” can it do?