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Preventing Patient Harms Through Systems of Care

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD; George W. Bo-Linn, MD, MHA
JAMA. 2012;308(8):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9537.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched Partnership for Patients, an ambitious national effort designed to substantially reduce 9 types of preventable harm and hospital readmissions.1 These harms include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line–associated bloodstream infections, fall injuries, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolisms, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and obstetrical adverse events. Thousands of hospitals have agreed to participate and chose to focus on several harms because it was beyond their capacity to simultaneously address all 9 types of harm.

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Larry M. Starr, PhD; Allan Braslow, PhD; Nicholas Bircher, MD
JAMA. 2012;308(23):2458-2459. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.68799.
December 19, 2012
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD; George W. Bo-Linn, MD, MHA
JAMA. 2012;308(23):2458-2459. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.68802.
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