The Evolution of Patient Safety infographic explains the juxtaposition between modern practices and old time ways. Cleanliness and infection control have been huge concerns of the medical industry recently. With greater understanding of how to treat wounds, surgery operations and other procedures, medical practitioners have drastically cut back on the amount of unnecessary deaths related to poor health practices.
However, today medical errors still account for 98,000 deaths in the United States alone and are the 5th leading cause of deaths. However, from 130-200 AD when doctors discovered that boiling instruments could reduce infections to 1890s with the understanding of the Germ Theory of Disease, infection practices have come a long ways and are still undergoing assessment in the modern era.
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