Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

A Framework for Health Care Safety Measurement and Monitoring
This BMJ Quality & Safety article by Charles Vincent and colleagues proposes a framework to guide boards, organizations, and clinical teams in the use of measurement and monitoring to inform their efforts to improve patient safety. 
In this short radio interview, Dr. Richard Shannon of University of Virginia Medical Center discusses the medical center’s strategies to address medical harm and increase patient safety, including a weekly “situation room” meeting, valuing nurse involvement in rounds, and empowering staff.
A recent article in FierceHealthcare describes a program at a North Carolina hospital to reduce falls. By taking simple, low-cost steps, they have seen a 22% reduction in falls. For more on preventing falls, see IHI’s Transforming Care at the Bedside How-to Guide: Reducing Patient Injuries from Falls.
This primer on error disclosure, on AHRQ’s PSNet website, discusses physicians’ attitudes and practice around error disclosure, and some of the issues around reaching “full disclosure.” See also the IHI Disclosure Toolkit and assessment tool.

Upcoming Educational Programs

Expedition: Appropriate Use of Blood Products
Begins August 19

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
September 4-10 | Cambridge, MA

IHI Learning Excursion: Detroit​
October 9-10 | Detroit, MI​

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