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Rhode Island lawmakers propose medical tracking system

AP/Boston Globe, February 26, 2008
Rhode Island lawmakers have proposed a system to investigate and track medical mistakes and so-called "near misses" after brain surgeons at Rhode Island Hospital operated on the wrong side of patients' heads on three separate occasions in 2007. New bills introduced in the House and Senate would create a Rhode Island Patient Safety Organization designed to determine the potential causes of medical errors and fix them at healthcare providers statewide before patients are hurt.