Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005

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All medical personnel are concerned with patient safety. Nurses are well positioned, with their constant interaction with patients, to observe for errors and to analyze the systems that led to those errors. The Patient Safety and Information Act, legislation passed in 2005, encourages voluntary reporting of errors without fear of retribution. Data, stripped of identifiers, will be maintained by public or private entities. The analysis of the information collected will be used to improve medical systems and practice.

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