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US NQF (National Quality Forum) report to prompt national event reporting?:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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A report issued last month by the National Quality Forum (NQF) could form the basis of a new US system for reporting adverse events in healthcare. "Wrong-site surgery, medication errors and infant discharges to the wrong person occur more frequently than the public would like to believe," says the Washington-based NQF's president, Kenneth Kizer. Six main categories of event are identified in the report, including product/device events and surgical events. Into these six groups fit 27 actual individual events. Dr Kizer hopes this provides the platform for other interested parties to contribute, possibly expanding the list into what could be become the basis for a national, state-based adverse event reporting system. Details at: www.qualityforum.org

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