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Using prospective clinical surveillance to identify adverse events in hospital.

Forster AJ, Worthington JR, Hawken S, et al. Using prospective clinical surveillance to identify adverse events in hospital. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011;20(9):756-63. doi:10.1136/bmjqs.2010.048694.

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March 30, 2011
Forster AJ, Worthington JR, Hawken S, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011;20(9):756-63.

Most commonly used error detection methods are retrospective, and thus subject to biases that limit their ability to paint a comprehensive picture of safety problems. This study used trigger methodology to identify adverse events in real time, allowing for more rapid identification of system issues and implementation of targeted solutions.