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Journal Article

Incident reporting to improve patient safety: the effects of process variance on pediatric patient safety in the emergency department.

OʼConnell KJ, Shaw KN, Ruddy RM, et al. Pediatric emergency care. 2018;34:237-242.

Deviating from standard work processes has the potential to compromise safety. Using data from the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network, researchers analyzed incident reports determined to be process variance events. They found that 5.6% of events resulted in some form of temporary patient harm.