Efforts to Prevent Never EventsHealth care organizations are under increasing pressure to eliminate never events, which are medical errors such as wrong-site surgery that should never occur. Though they are rare, these events may indicate fundamental safety problems within a health care organization.
AHRQ's Patient Safety Network offers Never Events, a primer that describes these events; which ones are most commonly reported; and current national efforts to encourage health care organizations to report, analyze, and disclose such errors to improve quality.
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Current as of August 2013Internet Citation: Efforts to Prevent Never Events. August 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/psprimeritem1.html