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Healthcare 'Not as Safe' as Americans Believe?

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) – A new measure of patient safety may show that the U.S. healthcare system is not as safe as some may think, according to an associate professor of medicine at the University of Utah.

"While traditional measurements of patient safety show that our system is very safe, a new global trigger tool developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) shows that the current safety measures pick up less than 10 percent of injuries patients suffer in the hospital," said David Classen at the MedeAnalytics Clinical Leadership Summit in San Francisco.

Classen said the new measurement can detect 60 different adverse outcomes in patients -- a tool he said may help to show flaws in the healthcare system and improve care to Medicare patients.

The new method is expected to be detailed in a report to Congress over the next several months.

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