A rose by any other name would smell as sweet: defining patient safety-related terminology

Joyce A. Wahr, Karen C. Nanji, Alan F. Merry

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The definitions of terms related to iatrogenic harm and the potential for iatrogenic harm (e.g. error, medication error, near miss) in the anaesthesia literature are imprecise and variable, resulting in wide discrepancy in conclusions about their rates and potential solutions. Clarification of these terms is both critical and difficult: a concerted effort to achieve expert consensus is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-607
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Anaesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF; #2018093 to KCN) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ; 1K08HS024764-01 to KCN). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the DDCF or the AHRQ. Neither the DDCF nor the AHRQ had any role in the preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 British Journal of Anaesthesia


  • error
  • iatrogenic harm
  • incident reporting
  • medication error
  • patient safety
  • preventability
  • terminology

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  • Comment


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