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

A Framework for Measuring Diagnostic Errors
A recent BMJ Quality & Safety article describes the Safer Dx framework for measuring diagnostic errors. The authors put forth the framework in hope that it will enable organizations to integrate diagnostic error improvement strategies into their existing patient safety programs.

The Impact of Doctors’ Experiences of Adverse Events in Secondary Care
This recent article, co-authored by Kevin Stewart, 2009-2010 Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, discusses the results of a cross-sectional survey of fellows and members of the Royal College of Physicians. Among their findings: of responding doctors whose patients experienced a near miss, 76%  believe it had affected them personally or professionally. 

Tips for Safely Managing Multiple Medications
In this recent blog post, IHI Executive Director Frank Federico, RPh, discusses some of the challenges of managing multiple medications and gives some tips for ensuring that the prescribed medications are benefitting the patient. 

Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes
These NPR Morning Edition radio segments, posted to AHRQ PSNet, discuss the problem of overmedication in nursing homes and the use of antipsychotic medications as a chemical restraint.


Upcoming Educational Programs

Improving Medication Safety from the Patient's Perspective
Begins February 26 | An IHI Expedition

IHI Learning Excursion: Houston
March 4-6 | Houston, TX

Improving Prehospital Emergency Care
Begins March 5 | Web&ACTION

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