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Consensus on safety practices. (Policy & Practice).

There's more than one way to reduce medical errors in health care settings. The National Quality Forum's 173 member organizations have endorsed 30 patient safety practices that should be used to reduce the risk of harm to patients. These include hiring critical care medicine specialists to manage patients in hospital ICUs, informing patients that they're likely to fare better if they have certain high-risk, elective surgeries at facilities with demonstrated superior outcomes, and making sure that hospital pharmacists are more actively involved in the medication use process. These 30 practices should be "put to work immediately," says Tommy C. Thompson, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Author:Silverman, Jennifer
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 15, 2003
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