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Medical News & Perspectives
September 3, 2014

Patient Safety Still LaggingAdvocates Call for National Patient Safety Monitoring Board

JAMA. 2014;312(9):879-880. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10310

Hospitals and ambulatory care centers remain risky places for US patients despite more than a decade of national efforts to improve patient safety, according to testimony at a US Senate subcommittee hearing, webcast on July 17, 2014 (http://1.usa.gov/UaVr7g).

This sobering assessment comes at the 15-year anniversary of the release of a seminal report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on patient safety (To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine; 1999).

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