Patient Safety

Our goal: Work with countries, regions, organizations, and individuals to build safety into every system of care, ensuring that patients receive the safest, most reliable care across the continuum. More >>

In the Spotlight

Study Finds Communication Failures Are Linked to Patient Deaths
This post in STAT discusses the recent finding that improved communication might have avoided almost 2,000 unnecessary patient deaths and saved $1.7 billion in malpractice costs. 

Leading in a Crisis: The Power of Transparency
“Leaders who promote and model transparent behaviors and instill a transparent culture… can use crises as learning and improvement opportunities. Those that don’t may be destined to recurrent failure.” This paper from The Health Foundation discusses the importance of transparency in learning from serious clinical crises, among other topics, and was authored by Blair Sadler, IHI Senior Fellow, and Kevin Stewart, 2009-10 Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI.

A Population-Based Approach to Prevent Harm from Falls
In this IHI Blog post, Pat Quigley, Associate Director of the VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8) Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, argues that health systems can better serve their patients by working to prevent injuries from falls — rather than trying in vain to prevent every fall.

Experts Offer Advice on Diagnostic Error and Delays in Patient Safety
“Diagnostics is a process, not a discrete event such as a surgery, and it evolves over time with new input… [To be effective], each step requires unique skills and processes that must operate as one reliable system.” A new IHI Blog post discusses the challenges associated with diagnosis and offers some advice about how to improve diagnostic processes.

Upcoming Educational Programs

Measurement and Monitoring
Begins March 1, 2016 | IHI Virtual Expedition

Reliably Reducing Sepsis Mortality
Begins March 2, 2016

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
March 3-9, 2016 | Cambridge, MA

17th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community
March 20-22, 2016 | Orlando, FL

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