What is a preventable adverse event?

By David E. Attarian, MD

Current trends forecast double jeopardy for physicians and hospitals

During the past decade, both the press and the government have increased scrutiny of imperfections in the healthcare system. In response, hospitals and physicians have implemented new systems and updated standards to reduce adverse events and/or medical errors. Given the complexity of modern healthcare systems and technology, complete elimination of adverse medical events may be impossible, at least for the foreseeable future.

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