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This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Kicks off a campaign Dec. 7 to help hospitals examine and further improve medication safety, citing a lack of standardization in drug delivery devices, improper default settings, and unsafe medical equipment, such as free-flow infusion pumps, as common sources of error within healthcare facilities. President Clinton simultaneously launches an initiative to help prevent medical errors by signing an executive memorandum directing the Federal Quality Interagency Coordination (QulC) Task Force to report back within 60 days, through Vice President Gore, with recommendations to improve health care quality through the prevention of medical errors

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