A new study suggests that patient-safety experts should focus as much of their attention on human factors as system factors if they want to reduce avoidable medical errors. The study is based on a survey of nearly 8,000 surgeons conducted by the American College of Surgeons in June 2008. Some 700 of the 7,095 surgeons who responded to the survey, or nearly 9%, said they made a major medical error in the past three months. Watch this Modern Physician video to find out the most common reasons given for committing a major medical error.
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