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Rhode Island hospitals agree on safety protocol for surgeries

Providence Journal, July 1, 2009

All the hospitals and outpatient surgical centers in Rhode Island have agreed to follow the same process to prevent errors in surgery. In announcing the new rules, the Hospital Association of Rhode Island said the state is the first in which a uniform protocol has been voluntarily adopted by all surgical providers. The protocol was developed over 18 months of consultation with hospital and healthcare leaders and the Joint Commission.