Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Safety Work in a Rut? Try Changing Your Perspective
This article from AORN highlights some key take-aways from the recent WIHI on systems of safety with Carol Haraden and Allan Frankel. They encourage taking a big picture, systems view on safety. “Across the continuum of care we need to be asking the big questions about how we are truly serving our patients.”

Safety in Long-Term Care
Patient safety efforts are often focused on the hospital setting. This article from PSNet explores some of the unique safety issues that face patients and providers in long-term care facilities and sets the context for where we go from here. If you are interested in patient safety across the continuum of care, join IHI in April for a new two-day conference, Ensuring Patient Safety across the System

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
The Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) allows teams to evaluate work- and care-processes for possible failures, and to prevent failures proactively rather than reacting after an error has occurred. Our online tool is free and easy to use! If you want to learn more about how to use safety tools to accelerate improvement, join one of three upcoming IHI Quick Courses offered in Atlanta, Seattle, and Houston.

A Shameful Outlier: Maternal Mortality in the US Is Rising, But Improvement Science Can Help
“The world has seen dramatic improvements in maternal mortality in recent years. From 2000 to 2015, the global death rate fell by more than a third for complications during pregnancy or childbirth. A notable exception to this trend? The United States.” Read about some promising efforts to change that trend.


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