THE RECENT Institute of Medicine report entitled "To Err Is Human" represents an unmistakable call for practitioners in all settings to identify strategies and action plans to improve health care quality by eliminating error. Patient safety has finally been driven to the top of the national health care agenda in part owing to mortality figure estimates that range from 44,000 to 98,000 hospital deaths each year from medical errors. Even more alarming than this high figure is that estimates do not include figures from ambulatory patient care settings and nursing homes.
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