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Senators introduce bill to improve patient safety

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 19 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:465
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Two US senators are introducing a bill to improve patient safety, following the publication last November of a report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, which claimed that medical errors kill from 44000 to 98000 Americans each year.

    Mistakes involving the prescribing and dispensing of drugs were the most common errors, resulting in 7000 deaths a year (4 December 1999, p 1456), the report said.

    President Clinton immediately ordered the Federal Quality Interagency Task Force, which oversees federal health programmes for 85 million Americans, to adopt all feasible techniques for reducing medical errors, and to …

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