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Reliability in Healthcare

The 1999 Institute of Medicine publication of "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System" drew national attention to the issue of patient safety, however insufficient progress has been made to reduce errors.1 Errors in the operating room (OR), in particular, can have severe consequences for those involved, including patients, friends and families, members of the hospital, the hospital as a whole, and even the community.

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