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US health industry to set safety guides for hospitals

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39035.357639.DB (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1034
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    A consortium of government and private groups working with the US National Quality Forum will soon issue a set of 30 “safe practices” that hospitals should use to reduce medical errors and prevent patient injuries and deaths.

    The “safe practices” will give hospitals uniform guidelines to improve patient safety. The forum will also help hospitals implement them. The comment period on the practices ended this week.

    The guidelines are important because hospitals that use them are likely to be preferred by consumers and government and private health insurance plans. Hospitals that do not comply might lose accreditation and reimbursement …

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