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Can medical record reviewers reliably identify errors and adverse events in the ED?

Klasco RS, Wolfe RE, Lee T, et al. The American journal of emergency medicine. 2016;34:1043-8.

Classic studies of the epidemiology of adverse events in hospitalized patients have identified safety issues using retrospective chart review combined with trigger tools. This study examined this methodology to detect adverse events in emergency department patients and found good agreement between independent clinical reviewers regarding the presence of errors and adverse events.