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Commentary

Understanding medical errors and adverse events in ICU patients.

Garrouste-Orgeas M, Flaatten H, Moreno R. Understanding medical errors and adverse events in ICU patients. Intensive Care Med. 2016;42(1):107-9. doi:10.1007/s00134-015-3968-x.

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September 16, 2015
Garrouste-Orgeas M, Flaatten H, Moreno R. Intensive Care Med. 2016;42(1):107-9.

This commentary describes organizational and individual factors that affect safety in the intensive care unit and offers recommendations to prevent medical errors in this environment, including promoting transparency, focusing on systems-related causes for failures rather than blaming individuals, and standardizing procedures and equipment.