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Patient Safety Focus: Introducing CLN’s New Special Section

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I am pleased to welcome CLN’s readers to this new quarterly section focused on reducing medical errors in the lab. Laboratorians play a vital, but often unrecognized, role in providing high quality patient care. Here, Michael Astion, MD, PhD, a recognized leader in patient safety and the clinical lab, along with Peggy Ahlin, BS MT(ASCP), James Hernandez, MD, MS, and Devery Howerton, PhD, provide insights into how laboratorians can improve patient care. The section features interviews and articles from thought leaders, as well as case studies and other useful resources. On behalf of the CLN Board of Editors, I thank Dr. Astion and his colleagues for their efforts and ARUP Laboratories for their sponsorship of these pages.

—Nancy Sasavage, PhD
 Editor, CLN

Current Concepts in the Disclosure of Serious Medical Errors to Patients
An Interview with Thomas Gallagher, MD

Quality Gaps in Communicating Laboratory Results
An Interview with Dana Grzybicki, MD

Communication: Teaching Cases on the Web
AHRQ’s Web Morbidity and Mortality Rounds 

Patient Safety Focus Editorial Board

Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Department of Laboratory Medicine
University of Washington, Seattle

Peggy A. Ahlin, BS, MT(ASCP)
ARUP Laboratories
Salt Lake City, Utah 
James S. Hernandez, MD, MS
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, Minn.
Devery Howerton, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Ga.

Sponsored by ARUP Laboratories, Inc.