NPSF Report Outlines Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

December 16, 2015 | Strategic Insights for Health System


Concluding that, while much has been done to further patient safety in the 15 years since the release of the Institute of Medicine's landmark publication To Err Is Human, much still remains to be accomplished, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has released recommendations from an expert panel convened in February 2015 that are intended to set the stage for patient safety over the next 15 years. Titled "Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years after To Err Is Human," the report states, "Advancement in patient safety requires an overarching shift from reactive, piecemeal interventions to a total systems approach to safety." To help advance progress in the area of patient safety, the report included eight recommendations, all based on the establishment of a total-systems approach and a culture of safety: 1) Ensure that leaders establish and sustain a culture of safety; 2) create centralized and coordinated oversight of patient safety;

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