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Study Eyes Possible Safety Problems At Academic Children's Hospitals

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The incidence of events that may compromise patient safety is low at academic children's hospitals.

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But an Institute of Medicine spokeswoman says errors may be underreported.

In the study, neonates, white children, children with severe illness and those receiving public insurance all experienced higher rates of patient safety events than other groups. Larger hospitals reported more of these red flags to possible care problems.

"This is the first study really looking at patient safety indicators in places where some of the most complex pediatric health care is given