Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Dr Thomas provides an example of
the challenges terminology poses for communication among people approaching
the patient safety field from different backgrounds. Following Leape et al,1 Thomas defines an adverse event as "preventable"
when it is due to some type of error. Leape et al elaborated that "preventability
implies that methods for averting a given injury are known and that an (adverse
event) results from failure to apply that knowledge."
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