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

Reducing Workplace Violence in Health Care
A recent JAMA Viewpoint article highlights the problem of workplace violence in the health care setting and puts forward ideas for improving workplace safety. Dr. Ron Wyatt, a former IHI Fellow, is the lead author. 

Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) Tool
This study published in Pediatrics looks at the performance of the Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) Tool, adapted from the IHI Global Trigger Tool, to effectively identify adverse events (AEs) among pediatric inpatients. The study found that the tool reliably identified AEs, and is useful in guiding and monitoring quality improvement for this patient population. 

The Johns Hopkins Study on Medical Errors
In May, IHI Vice President Frank Federico spoke to Neil Versel of MedCity News about the John Hopkins study, published in the BMJ, which called out medical error as the third leading cause of death in the United States. Listen to the podcast. 

National Effort Is Reducing UTI Rates among Hospital Patients
A recent NEJM article on an AHRQ-funded national initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) notes, “This program, in more than 10 percent of US hospitals, shows we can make a difference in catheter-associated UTI rates and the use of catheters by addressing both technical and cultural aspects of health care.” Team training, checklists, and data are some of the improvements implemented.


Upcoming Educational Programs

SNF Trigger Tool: Measuring Patient Harm in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Begins August 10, 2016 | IHI Virtual Expedition

Patient Safety Executive Development Program
September 8-14, 2016 | Cambridge, MA

Accelerated Patient Safety Programme
October 3-6, 2016 | Manchester, England

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