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April 7, 1999

Promoting Patient Safety by Preventing Medical Error

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(13):1174. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-13-jbk0407

To the Editor: The Editorial by Dr Leape and colleagues1 was timely and appropriate. It is unfortunate, however, that there was no mention of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. The fact that a coordinated effort to improve patient safety can be successful has been clearly demonstrated by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, which was founded in 1985. Indeed, the National Patient Safety Foundation was directly modeled after the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (Martin Hatlie, Esq, oral communication, November 1998).

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