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Ward safety reporting by parents and other stories . . .

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2158 (Published 20 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2158

Parents report ward safety

Some people who are keenly interested in hospital safety spend whole days and nights on hospital wards, yet their insights usually go unheard. At Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts, 383 parents were given a written survey about safety concerns before their child’s discharge, and 34 of them reported a total of 37 incidents (JAMA Pediatr doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.4608). Of these, 62% were found to be physician errors and 24% other quality problems, leaving 14% as neither. Many of the avoidable errors spotted by parents were undocumented in the notes.

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