The presence of medical errors in health care is universally recognized, but the estimated number of preventable adverse events remains controversial. Discussing a controversial study that reported more than 250,000 deaths attributable to medical error occur each year in the United States, this news article offers insights from patient safety leaders regarding the various challenges to identifying and measuring medical error.
This article summarizes findings of the recent Institute of Medicine report, which advises against resident work shifts of longer than 16 hours without sleep and recommends better supervision of residents to improve patient safety.
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