Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

Improving Patient Safety by Improving Health Literacy
October is Health Literacy Month! In this blog post, Frank Federico, IHI Executive Director and patient safety expert, suggests eight ways to improve communication with patients and families, to help improve the safety and reliability of care. 

Applying a Science-Based Method to Improve Perinatal Care
For more than a decade, IHI has been working directly with clinical teams to improve care for mothers and newborns through the Perinatal Improvement Community. This article in Obstetrics & Gynecology explores the origins of and the early challenges faced by the Community, the work to reduce early elective deliveries and rates of cesarean sections, IHI’s overall approach to improvement, and the growing role of the IHI Triple Aim in improving perinatal care.

Rosemary Gibson Discusses Overuse in Medicine and the Impact on Safety
In this recent AHRQ WebM&M interview, Rosemary Gibson, Senior Advisor to the Hastings Center and an editor for JAMA Internal Medicine, talks about trends in overuse of medical testing and treatment, effects on patient safety, and where we go from here. 

Aggregate Analysis of Medication Incidents in Home Care
An aggregate analysis of medication incidents in home care by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada), recently published in the ISMP Canada Safety Bulletin, categorized incidents into three main themes: medication transition failure, complex communications, and medication handling error. The article presents an illustrative example in each category. 

Upcoming Educational Programs

Cracking the Code to Hospital-Wide Patient Flow
October 23-24 | Denver, CO

Graduate Medical Education: Focusing on Quality and Safety in a Clinical Learning Environment
October 24 | Chicago, IL

Making Mental Health Care Safer in the Hospital Setting
Begins December 2 | An IHI Expedition

26th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care
December 7-10 | Orlando, FL

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
March 5-11, 2015 | Cambridge, MA

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