Patient Safety

​​​​​​​Our goal: To advance a total systems approach to safety around the world. Together with like-minded health care leaders, organizations, practitioners, and patients, IHI drives innovative thinking and bold leaps forward that none of us could achieve on our own. More >>

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Start Small to Create a Safety Culture
Read about Vanderbilt University Medical Center's journey toward a culture of safety. Starting with improved handwashing, they applied lessons learned to a range of other challenges across the organization. Get more ideas for improving safety culture at the IHI National Forum on December 8-11 in Orlando, Florida.

Safe Ambulatory Care: Strategies for Patient Safety and Risk Reduction
ECRI Institute analyzed more than 4,300 adverse events in the ambulatory care setting, identifying five key safety risks: diagnostic testing errors, medication safety events, falls, HIPAA or privacy issues, and security and safety incidents. This Deep Dive offers solutions for these five challenges.

Include Simulation in Your Improvement Plans
A 2013 meta-analysis of 14 studies found that simulation-based learning helped improve not only clinician performance and task success, but also patient discomfort, complication rates, and costs of care. In this blog post, IHI's Dr. Tejal Gandhi provides examples of how health care organizations can use simulation to improve safety and communication.

2018 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
This AHRQ report assesses the performance of the US health care system and identifies areas of strengths and weaknesses, as well as disparities, for access to health care and quality of health care.

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