Saturday, June 12, 2004

From the Toronto Star:
Drug errors affect 1 in 9 patients
Canadians put themselves at risk of infection, broken bones or drug mix-ups every time they set foot in hospitals, doctor's offices or local pharmacies, according to a report released yesterday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

"I think anytime anybody enters a hospital or they seek care, there's a potential for infection and there's a risk. Some of it is very minor, some of it is major, but there's always a potential risk," said John Ward, chair of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.

"We will never eliminate error or adverse events completely, but we can certainly reduce the incidence," he said.

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