ICU Protocols pp 649-654 | Cite as

Quality Control



In a landmark publication, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, a decade ago by the Institute of Medicine USA, it was described that human error was one of the common causes of morbidity, mortality, and increased health care cost in hospitalized patients worldwide. Experts estimate that as many as 98,000 people die every year due to medical errors in hospitals. This number is more than the number of deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS—three causes that receive far more public attention. This error is more evident in the critically ill patients in the ICU. Increasing accountability and demand from public and accrediting agencies have led to a movement of quality care in ICUs.


Computerize Physician Order Entry Increase Health Care Cost National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance Sentinel Event Accredit Agency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Critical Care & EmergencyA.M.R.I. HospitalKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Internal Medicine and Critical CareBhatia HospitalMumbaiIndia

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