This issue’s installment in the “Transparency in Health Care” series2 addresses the topic of iatrogenesis, which occurs within ICUs at alarming rates. E. Wesley Ely, who together with his team has made great contributions in focusing light on this area, covers the topic in this issue of CHEST (see page 1224).
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