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10/16/2000

Patient Safety Forum Heads to Southern California in November

Linda R. Harteker

Building on discussions generated this past year by the Institute of Medicine's report on medical errors in hospitals, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles will sponsor a patient safety forum on Saturday, Nov. 18, in association with the National Patient Safety Foundation.

The all-day forum, titled "To Err Is Human," features presentations by John J. Nance, aviation analyst for ABC Television Network; Troyen A. Brennan, senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital; Ginette Pepper, associate professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing; and Richard I. Cook, director of the cognitive technologies laboratory at the University of Chicago. In interactive sessions, attendees will discuss barriers to error reporting and how to overcome them, lessons learned while creating safe patient-care systems, and creation of the ideal safe medication system.

The forum will take place at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

For more information, go to http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/cme/brochures/ptsafety.pdf.