Patient Safety at IHI National Forum

December 10-13, 2017
Orlando, FL

Patient Safety is a featured topic at the 2017 National Forum, with topic-related sessions offered in a special track.

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

What One Hospital’s Experience Tells Us about Widespread Adoption of Standardized Handoffs
This recent BMJ Quality & Safety editorial draws lessons from Massachusetts General Hospital’s IPASS handoff system implementation, the largest to date in any single institution. The authors note that the hospital’s approach suggests that “the seemingly infinite number of safety problems may converge around a smaller number of fundamental processes or behaviors with the potential to mitigate or exacerbate risk across all situations.”

Four Ways to Provide Safer Care Every Time
May 5th was WHO Hand Hygiene Day. This recent IHI Blog post describes how to apply reliability principles to ensure proper hand hygiene to reduce the spread of infection, and to improve the reliability of other vital processes to improve patient safety.

Creating More Age-Friendly Health Systems
What is “age-friendly” health care? “Age-friendly care ensures that older adults are satisfied with their care; decreases a collection of healthcare-related harms common to older adults; and reduces the use of unnecessary hospital care.” Read about a bold new initiative to spread age-friendly care to more than 1,000 health systems across the US by 2020.

The Problem with Root Cause Analysis
This recent BMJ Quality & Safety article discusses the current use of root cause analysis (RCA) in health care to help improve patient safety, and offers suggestions for how organizations can leverage RCAs to have a more meaningful impact. 


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