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Semin Nurse Manag. 2002 Jun;10(2):95-9.

Using standard desk-top tools to monitor medical error rates.

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Division of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO, USA.


Many experts believe it is time to do something about the high number of medical errors and adverse events highlighted in the recent IOM report. This article examines how front line managers can use a valuable quality improvement/assurance tool--the statistical process control chart--to track and analyze medical error rates. It includes a step-by-step guide to the creation and interpretation of a demonstration chart, discusses potential barriers to the use of statistical process control charts, and suggests ways to overcome those barriers.

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