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“To Err is Human”—A Patient Safety Documentary About American Healthcare

CHICAGO, Illinois—February 15, 2016—“To Err is Human,” a patient safety documentary about a health care crisis in America, was recently announced by Tall Tale Productions. Many “leading causes of death” lists inexplicably leave out the number three killer—Healthcare-Associated Infections (commonly referred to as Medical Errors). According to the latest study in 2013, the health care system itself may be causing as many as 440,000 preventable deaths every year in the United States. The CDC estimated 1.7 million people developed healthcare-acquired infections in 2002, and that number is likely higher today. In 2011, a study estimated over 40,000 harmful or fatal errors occur every day, and the CDC estimates about one in 25 hospital patients will get a healthcare-associated infection.The very place people all go to heal has countless opportunities to make them even more ill.

In 2000, Dr. John Eisenberg called for a “war on medical errors.” The film’s director Mike Eisenberg, calls it an extension of his father’s work Dr. John M. Eisenberg who was a pioneer in patient safety, but unfortunately passed away in 2002. His work led national discussions on improving the quality of health care in America. In the 14 years since Dr. Eisenberg’s passing, Mike studied his father work and now strongly believes that patient safety crisis in this country deserves to be back in the national discussion. “To Err Is Human” will explore this and more as these filmmakers seek to understand and present solutions for the broken healthcare system in America. People shouldn’t have to learn about health care quality and patient safety after they experience a medical error. Through the powerful medium of documentary storytelling, they believe “To Err Is Human” (title pending) will save lives by informing and empowering everybody who touches healthcare in America.

In addition to the hard statistics, the film will share stories of patients (told directly by them) who have been directly impacted by a medical error and the families of those who have died in the hands of medicine. What happened? How has it changed their lives? What can people do to protect themselves at the hospital? These filmmakers must put faces to the crisis, not just provide the data. These stories are vital to the film and will be featured prominently throughout. They will focus on the consequences through the physical, emotional and financial pain associated with preventable medical harm. An important goal of the film is to find solutions and speak on behalf of all patients. Some are already hidden inside the complex system in place while others have gone unnoticed. The documentary will focus on the role of hand-washing, HVAC systems and other elements in place at hospitals that directly impact the safety of patient care. However, before this educational documentary can be finished, Tall Tale Productions needs support. That’s why they launched this Kickstarter campaign. The goal of this project is to raise $125,000 by March 10, 2016. The funds raised will go towards interviews, travel, animations, re-creations, advertising, and distribution.

To help bring this incredibly important film to life, please visit the Kickstarter campaign or click here. Perks will be delivered between July 2016 and March 2017.

Please keep in mind this is an “all-or-nothing” deal, which means if the campaign does not reach the funding goal then the project cannot move forward. So know that any amount given can make a difference, and this is an incredible opportunity to be a part of a special campaign! Assist Tall Tale Productions reach the goal by sharing this on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. The more people know about this, the more support the campaign will receive.


Contact:  Mike Eisenberg

Title:        Director

Phone:     786-566-1373



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