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Consumers will do it

In Patient Safety on February 26, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Consumers Advancing Patient Safety (CAPS) is a website deidcated to patient safety. Their goal is a partnership between consumers and providers to create healthcare systems that are safe, compassionate and just.


All safety news all the time!

In Patient Safety on February 12, 2012 at 6:55 pm by BC Patient Safety and Quality Council.  “Providing system-wide leadership to bring a provincial perspective to patient safety and health care quality improvement activities in British Columbia”

If you want to stay informed about patient safety issues this page is a great way to do it!



Avoid Medical Errors… com

In Patient empowerment, Patient Safety on February 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Just found this site that is written by nurses who consult for legal cases. It is interesting for patients as well as professionals.

Here is an idea of some of their posts:


A leading cause of death in the US…

In Checklists, culture, Force function on February 9, 2012 at 7:28 am

from Kaiser HEalth news

“In 2010, the federal government estimated that faulty medical care contributed to the death of about 15,000 Medicare patients per month. By these meas­ures, faulty hospital care is one of the leading causes of death, behind heart disease and cancer.

Why haven’t hospitals made more progress on patient safety? The reasons are multiple and complex, but they boil down to the fact that hospitals are hierarchical organizations resistant to change, they haven’t done enough to create environments in which patient safety is a priority, and they’ve been reluctant to share patient-safety data with the public.

Even getting full compliance on basic safety standards, such as washing hands, has proved elusive because hospitals are busy, high-stress places full of distractions.

“We are humans and are destined to make mistakes,” says Nancy Foster, vice president of quality and patient-safety policy at the 5,000-member American Hospital Association. “The question in health care is: Can we design processes and have them in place so when an individual makes a natural mistake, that mistake doesn’t result in harm to patients?”

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New from the Just Culture Community…Patient safety applied to Life!

In High Reliability Orgs on February 4, 2012 at 9:14 am


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