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Incidence of adverse events related to health care in Spain: results of the Spanish National Study of Adverse Events.
Aranaz-Andrés JM, Aibar-Remón C, Vitaller-Murillo J, et al. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2008;62:1022-1029.
This retrospective cohort study analyzed inpatient cases associated with adverse events (AEs) and found that the most frequent events were related to medications, hospital infections, and technical problems during a procedure. The authors point out that their AE rates mirror those described in Canada and Australia but are higher than those reported in the highly regarded Harvard Medical Practice Study.
Journal Article > Review
Cao LY, Taylor JS, Vidimos A. Dermatol Online J. 2010;16:3.
This review examines numerous safety issues relevant to outpatient dermatology practice, including medication errors, diagnostic errors, office-based surgery, wrong-site procedures, and laser safety.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides consumers with publicly available information on the quality of Medicare-certified hospital care through this Web site. The site includes specific information for both patients and hospitals on how to use the data to guide decision-making and improvement initiatives. Most recently, listings from the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) and data on Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals were added to the reports available.