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Leading Hospital Preventable Errors Identified as Weak Patient Identification Policies, Inadequate Behavioral Health Training

Weak patient identification policies and inadequate behavioral health training for staff are leading to dangerous yet preventable errors at American hospitals, according to patient safety advocates, writes Modern Healthcare.  The ECRI Institute, a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit that evaluates medical equipment, released its annual list of top 10 patient safety concerns for healthcare organizations on Monday. The group called for improved patient identification to prevent dangerous errors as well as training for staff who are forced to deal with behavioral issues in non-behavioral-health settings, among other issues.

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