By Margot Phaneuf, R.N., Ph.D.
Chantal Gadbois, M.Sc.N., MPA
Even though studies show that they are avoidable 50% of the time, accidents and nosocomial diseases remain among the greatest hospitalization risks. Even more disturbing is the human and financial toll of these accidents and incidents. No specific numbers are available in Québec; however, U.S., U.K. and Australian statistics show that accidents cost an astounding amount of money, approximately 2% of health care expenditures according to one American study. There is no reason to believe that the situation is different in Quebec.1
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