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Medical News & Perspectives
March 5, 2008

DHHS Halts Quality Improvement Study

JAMA. 2008;299(9):1005-1006. doi:10.1001/jama.299.9.1005

Sometimes a complicated problem has a simple solution. At least that is what Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, medical director of the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, has demonstrated through his studies on the use of checklists to reduce errors at hospitals. For example, his published results suggest that implementing a simple checklist system nationwide could substantially reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired blood stream infections, which cost an estimated $3.6 billion each year.

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