MMVR 2006 Session C:

Patient Safety and Medical Simulation:
Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

Alan Liu, Mark Scerbo, Heidi King, Mark Bowyer


Patient Safety has been succinctly defined as “freedom from accidental injury”. In the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System (Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999), the documented human cost of medical errors is immense. The majority of medical errors originate from basic flaws in the current health system. Since then, a considerable amount of effort has been devoted to addressing patient safety concerns. This workshop aims to heighten awareness of patient safety issues within the MMVR community. The fundamental issues related to patient safety are highlighted. Human factors affecting patient safety are discussed, and the clinician’s perspective is highlighted. Initiatives undertaken within the Department of Defenses Patient Safety program are described. The innovative use of simulation technology to improve patient safety will also be highlighted. This workshop concludes with a forum to discuss the issues raised.



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