Trust the clinicians: Processes that caused adverse events a more urgent problem than human error

James, Brent
June 2011
Modern Healthcare;6/13/2011, Vol. 41 Issue 24, p20
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The article focuses on a study published in the journal "Health Affairs" which examined adverse events in the health care sector. It cites allergic reaction as an example of an adverse event. Results of the study showed that methods used to detect adverse events missed more than 90% of those events. According to the study, at least one adverse event was associated with 33% of all hospital admissions and that majority of these events had no lasting impact on the patient. It also found that the benefits of today's healthcare outweighs inherent risks.


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