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Prospectively Recording Errors Is Valuable in Reducing Complications

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Errors have traditionally been a less commonly discussed topic but are becoming increasingly examined due to a trend towards expanded awareness about the high human and financial cost of errors in medicine. Recording and reporting of errors has been a difficult issue in the health sector due to fear of litigation from patients, complaint to governing bodies, and embarrassment from colleagues. In this article we examine the advantages of prospective error recording. The studies on this subject report that the culture of prospective error recording is of high value in improving most parameters of errors and may indeed reduce complications.

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Gunaratnam, C. , Oremakinde, A. and Bernstein, M. (2014) Prospectively Recording Errors Is Valuable in Reducing Complications. Health, 6, 2388-2391. doi: 10.4236/health.2014.618274.

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