ICUSRSIntensive Care Unit Safety Reporting System
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An early finding of the ICUSRS, is that excessive work load and problems with communication contributed to the majority of mistakes.
Prior to the ICUSRS, these incidents would not have been captured," said Albert Wu, MD, MPH, an investigator at Johns Hopkins University.
At a time that more persons die as a result of preventable medical errors than in automobile accidents, until the advent of ICUSRS, there has been no basis for determining how to improve performance in the intensive care unit (ICU) -- where patients are at great risk of suffering an adverse event.
A key feature of the ICUSRS is that reports are anonymous and confidential.