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

Learning from Patient Safety Incidents
This BMJ Open article describes a study to catalogue and describe patient safety incidents reported from general practice care settings in England and Wales. Results of the study will be used to identify priority areas for future interventions.

What Can a Zoo Teach Health Care about Patient Safety?
Each year at the IHI National Forum, IHI faculty lead excursions to organizations outside of health care to learn about how they do their work. In this short video, IHI faculty Kathy Duncan goes behind the scenes at the Central Florida Zoo, which has one of North America’s largest collections of venomous snakes, to learn about the staff’s safety procedures for handling snakes.

Increased Risk of Burnout for Physicians and Nurses Involved in a Patient Safety Incident
This study looks at the negative impacts of a patient safety event on the “second victim,” or care provider(s), involved. The authors looked at burnout, problematic medication use, problems in the home, and turnover intention. (Note: Access to the full article requires a subscription or purchase.)  

Lessons from a Large-Scale Improvement Study
This BMJ Open article offers lesson regarding the factors – including external policy decisions – that contributed to the successes and challenges of a large-scale safety improvement program in the NHS England.


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