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Gauging Improvements in Patient Safety Difficult


Gauging whether our efforts to improve patient safety in health care are actually working has proven difficult. In part, this is due to the inclusion of added conditions to the list of medical errors and, in part, to use of varying terms and methods used to measure medical mistakes. Infections: The addition of health care–associated infections (HAIs) to the category of patient harm has made the numbers of serious events balloon, affecting our ability to gauge whether progress has b more...
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