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Patient safety simulation targets ED miscommunication

from Emergency Physicians Monthly via MedPage Today

Though hard to believe, many (if not most) errors in the emergency department come as a result of communication errors, not technical mistakes. According to Boston Children's Hospital, an estimated 80 percent of the most serious medical errors in hospitals can be linked to miscommunication. Effective communication is especially critical in the emergency room, where time is limited, pressure is heightened, and decisions must be made dynamically as information changes from moment to moment. more

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