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Journal Article

Using prospective clinical surveillance to identify adverse events in hospital.

Forster AJ, Worthington JR, Hawken S, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2011;20:756-63.

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.