The federal government urged consumers to take a bigger role in preventing surgical complications and released a tip sheet for patients explaining standard protocol for averting complications. The tip sheet advises patients to talk with their doctors or nurses about potential complications, such as blood clots and infections, in advance of procedures. The sheet was developed by the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality and the Surgical Care Improvement Project, a public-private initiative that aims to reduce surgical complications 25% by 2010. "Ultimately, care is an active process … a collaborative process between patient and provider," HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said at a news conference. View the tip sheet www.ofmq.com/user_uploads/FINALconsumer_tips2.
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