Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

The Financial and Human Cost of Medical Error
A new report from the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety details two sets of research findings about medical error in Massachusetts and proposes a coordinated response through which the state’s providers, policymakers, and public can accelerate safety and quality improvement.

IHI Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit
Designed and tested by IHI’s world-renowned safety experts, the Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit includes tools to help improve teamwork and communication, identify and address root causes of errors, build reliable systems, and more. The nine tools each include instructions, an example, and a template to assist with implementation.

Good Catch in the Operating Room: Preventing Errors
This AHRQ PSNet case describes how a good catch in the operating room highlights the importance of teamwork and communication for avoiding medical errors.

Effectiveness of a Multistate QI Campaign in Reducing Risk of Surgical Site Infections
A study published in BMJ Quality and Safety assesses the effect of a multistate QI campaign that used IHI’s Rapid Spread Network to promote adoption of evidence-based surgical site infection (SSI) prevention practices for hip and knee arthroplasty.

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