Chicago—While erring is human, writing research papers showing how to avoid such mistakes in health care is, if not quite divine, at least very useful, according to two organizations concerned with the consequences of medical errors.
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations cosponsored an October 6 conference showcasing 30 abstracts explaining ways to reduce medical error and improve safety. The highlight of the conference, which was called "Patient Safety Initiative 2000: Spotlighting Strategies, Sharing Solutions," was the presentation of National Patient Safety Awards to the authors of three abstracts.
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