The American Hospital Association board approved creation of a new patient-safety center, and the association unveiled a campaign to promote use of advance directives. The center, to be launched in the fall, will act as a single point of access to patient-safety information and products for hospitals but will not sell products or services, AHA spokesman Richard Wade said. Details, such as the center's budget and number of staff, will be worked out in the coming months, Wade said. The advance-directives campaign comes amid increased attention to end-of-life care after the bitter public debate over ending artificial feeding for Florida woman Terri Schiavo. A Web site, putitinwriting.org, and 30-second public service announcements running on television through May encourage people to draft explicit directions for their end-of-life care. -- by Melanie Evans
AHA adds patient-safety, advance-directives efforts
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