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Volunteers seek to improve patient safety at UCLA medical centers
Daily Bruin

During a typical volunteer shift at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Melinda Ng patrols the clinic floors to ensure nurses, physicians and surgeons wash their hands with soap for at least 15 seconds before rinsing.

Ng, a fourth-year biochemistry student, is a leader of Measuring to Achieve Patient Safety, or MAPS, a student organization that helps the hospital maintain a hygienic and safe environment for its patients.

A Johns Hopkins University study published May 3 in The BMJ claims medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer, with up to 250,000 annual deaths. The term “medical errors” includes in-hospital mistakes such as unrecognized surgical complications and medication mislabeling, researchers said.