Experts advocate "culture of safety" to curb medical errors

08/23/2010 | Nurse.com

Patient-safety advocates are emphasizing the importance of adopting a "culture of safety" to prevent medical errors in hospitals, which often stem from faulty systems. A culture of safety uses evidence-based tools, such as "time-outs" before surgery and bar codes at the bedside, and puts patients as the topmost priority. At the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, classes on patient safety are also held, allowing nurses to share how they learned from a previous medical error.

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