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

Improving Root Cause Analysis and Action to Prevent Harm
This new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation sets out recommendations for the effective and efficient use of root cause analysis (RCA) and tools to help rapidly identify problems in individual RCA reports. They renamed the process Root Cause Analysis and Action (RCA2) to emphasis that to reduce harm, action must be taken based on the learning that comes out of the analysis. 

Profiles in Improvement: Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, IHI Director of Patient Safety
In this recent addition to Profiles in Improvement, Jennifer Lenoci-Edwards, IHI Director and lead for the Patient Safety Focus Area, talks about her experience with safety events as an ED nurse and what’s next for IHI’s patient safety work as we look at improving safety across the continuum of care. 

What Will It Take to Achieve New Levels of Patient Safety?
In this recent interview, AHRQ WebM&M Editor, Dr. Bob Wachter, talks with Maureen Bisognano, IHI President and CEO, about IHI’s strategy for the future and patient safety as a major area of focus for IHI’s work. She says, “My vision is that when we start to look at safety over a year of care for a patient, or over a continuum journey from pre-hospitalization to full functionality at home, we're going to have a much different view of the improvements we still need to make.”

New Directions in Patient Safety
In this recent blog post, Dr. Tejal Gandhi reflects on the history of patient safety and what's next for this vital work. "The biggest areas for improvement are still around culture and leadership," she says. Dr. Gandhi is President and Chief Executive of the National Patient Safety Foundation, an IHI faculty member, and patient safety thought leader.


Upcoming Educational Programs

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
September 16-22 | Cambridge, MA

Putting Your Patient Experience Data to Work
Begins October 6 | IHI Expedition

27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
Decem​ber 6-9 | Orlando, FL

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