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Capitol Health Call
April 12, 2016

Hospitals Face Challenges in Implementing Patient Safety Practices

JAMA. 2016;315(14):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.3751

Three key challenges confront hospitals trying to implement evidence-based patient safety practices such as use of proper antiseptics, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) (http://1.usa.gov/1T6qv4a).

At the request of Sen Ron Wyden (D, Ore), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen Patty Murray (D, Wash), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the GAO contacted officials at 6 hospitals to ask them about challenges in reducing or eliminating adverse events that result from the medical care patients receive.

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