The constitution of the United States refers to the obligation of the government to safeguard the people's health and welfare. For those engaged in patient care, the health and safety of the patient is uppermost, but the safety of the patient is influenced by a multitude of factors. These factors include not only the actions of the providers of care and the patient's environment, but also the patient's own actions.
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