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

In this interview, Dr. Tom Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, discusses his organization’s efforts to address hand hygiene: “We wanted to make it a core foundational behavioral and cultural practice.” Their results are impressive, with a hand hygiene compliance rate in the 90 percent range for four years. 
Impact of Inpatient Harms on Hospital Finances and Patient Clinical Outcomes
In this Journal of Patient Safety article, the authors used the IHI Global Trigger Tool to study the impact of all-cause inpatient harm on “total cost, variable cost, and contribution margin as well as clinical outcome measures such as length of stay, mortality, and readmissions.” They conclude that, in addition to the well understood goal of providing safer patient care, reducing harm is financially beneficial for hospitals. 

Rethinking Patient Safety
In this blog post, Doug Bonacum, Vice President of Patient Safety and Quality at Kaiser Permanente and IHI faculty, discusses reliability, human factors, health IT, and what he thinks is next for improving patient safety.

QI Report: Person-Centered Analysis of Harm in a Pediatric Hospital
Dr. Peter Lachman, an alumnus of the Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellowship at IHI, and his colleagues at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, developed and tested a tool for patients and families to report harm. The study explores new ways for health care providers to “hear the voice of the patient and families and how they experience harm.”


Upcoming Educational Programs

Perfecting Emergency Department Operations
April 28-29 | Cambridge, MA

Using a Multidisciplinary Approach to Improve Hand Hygiene
Begins May 27 | IHI Expedition

Building a Clinician Peer Support Program: A MITSS and IHI Web&ACTION
Begins July 9

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

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