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J Crit Care. 2005 Mar;20(1):2-5.

Brief history of patient safety culture and science.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, Sunnybrook & Women's College Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


The science of safety is well established in such disciplines as the automotive and aviation industry. In this brief history of safety science as it pertains to patient care, we review remote and recent publications that have guided the maturation of this field that has particular relevance to the complex structure of systems, personnel, and therapies involved in caring for the critically ill.

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