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Patient safety in American health care: regulatory models

ByBARRY R. FURROW

Provider-caused injury is a predictable feature of health care, particularly in hospitals, in the United States and elsewhere. It is only since 2000, with the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s report To Err Is Human , that American policymakers have started to pay serious attention to patient safety. The Institute of Medicine’s projection of 44,000 to 98,000 deaths per year, and hundreds of thousands of avoidable injuries and extra days of hospitalization, 1 has fueled the patient safety movement in the United States.