Articles  |   June 2015
Simulation and Safety
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Articles   |   June 2015
Simulation and Safety
ASA Monitor 06 2015, Vol.79, 50-52.
ASA Monitor 06 2015, Vol.79, 50-52.
In 2000 and 2001, the Institute of Medicine published two reports that have defined the hazards of modern medicine.1,2  These reports estimated that medical errors in the United States kill 44,000-98,000 patients each year and harm countless others. The reports offered recommendations that were consistent with other high-hazard industries, identifying systems rather than individuals as the cause for repeated human error. They also identified simulation as a powerful tool for producing positive change within the flawed health care system. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) responded by launching a broad patient safety initiative, including funding for simulation research with the understanding that simulation can complement other organizational change methods to facilitate adoption of best practices and technologies.3 
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