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Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Dec 19, 2014)

Is safer patient care profitable?

Readers might recall the Ford Pinto case surrounding the safety of its fuel tank design. In this case, it was alleged:

The gas tank in the Pinto was known by Ford engineers to be defective. If a Pinto was rear-ended at under 30mph, there was a likelihood that the gas tank would be torn open by protruding bolts, causing gasoline to pour into the car’s interior. At 40mph, the same thing would happen… except the doors would also be jammed shut and people would be trapped in their burning Pinto.

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