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BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:171
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    It is worth considering the wider context in which research and safety improvements must occur.1 Many, perhaps most, avoidable serious and fatal adverse events occur as a result of multiple, often systemic, errors, rather than a single catastrophic blunder by one individual. Sadly, and also avoidably, these can recur, harming other patients. Research and action should therefore focus to some extent on …

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