Influenza takes an enormous toll on humanity with respect to mortality, hospitalization, and medically attended illness. Despite the licensure of antiviral medications, immunization is the best control measure of influenza. Because patients eligible for influenza vaccine frequent EDs, health care providers working in this arena should offer the vaccine or appropriately recommend and refer patients following current guidelines to sites where the vaccine is obtainable.
In recent years, the analysis of complex system errors, such as medical errors occurring in the ED, has changed from simply labeling and punishing individuals to understanding the underlying systems that contribute to medical error. In this issue of Emergency Medicine Specialty Reports, error in the ED and its contributing factors will be discussed, as well as steps to develop a culture of safety.