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Author: Hospitals must learn from errors, prevent infections

USA Today, March 1, 2010

Thousands of patients suffer as a result of a "toxic" hospital culture, in which doctors feel they need to be infallible and nurses and patients are afraid to speak up, says Peter Pronovost, a Johns Hopkins professor and author of the book Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals. Hospitals can't improve if they don't acknowledge their errors and try to learn from them, he says. Pronovost's has developed a safety program that involves a checklist in which he condenses hundreds of pages of evidence into a few essential steps, such as making sure doctors wash their hands and wear sterile gowns before inserting central lines, USA Today reports.