A comprehensive evidence review narrows the field of targets to prevent harm. These are things hospitals should be doing to protect patients.

Segur_pacienteA panel of experts, several of whom spoke with American Medical News, worked for more than three years to produce a 955-page Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report that for the first time in a decade comprehensively reviews the effectiveness of more than 100 patient safety interventions. The panel identified 10 strategies that are “strongly encouraged.”

The report, published in March, recommends that most health care organizations implement these interventions within the next three years. Current use of these practices varies widely depending on the safety strategy, but the report's authors say it is clear that implementation is far from universal.

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