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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Patient Safety

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  • Definition
    • "freedom from accidental injury due to medical care, or medical errors." (IOM, 1999)
    • "the failure of a planned action to be completed as intended or the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim...[including] problems in practice, products, procedures, and systems." (Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force, 2000)
  • Each year, more than 44,000 Americans die in hospitals due to preventable medical errors (AHA, 1999).


To Err Is Human, p. 31.

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