A Temporary Band-Aid for a Broken System

Doyle, Joseph T.
December 2002
Click (1532-0391);Dec2002, p1
The article focuses on the issue of patient safety that has waxed and waned in importance for several decades. The first major reforms in the U.S. health care industry occurred nearly 100 years ago when the Flexner Report outlined the need for improvement in medical education. Around that same time, the Joint Commission came into existence to monitor hospital quality. Every week people hear stories about medication errors, wrong site surgery and mammoth malpractice awards in cases where patients are injured needlessly because of flawed processes within our nation's hospitals and medical facilities.


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