Most Americans believe that good quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Increasingly, American consumers are demanding the information about quality that is necessary to ensure that they receive high-quality care.
Patient safety officers have a terrific opportunity to improve patient safety by helping their hospitals develop new and improved relationships with product, service, and technology suppliers.
The Institute of Medicine’s report on medical errors, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System (IOM 2000), sent a tremor through the healthcare industry as it reported that in the United States as many as 98,000 people die each year from medical errors.
Happy New Year, everybody! 2005 sure has started off with a bang. President Bush has been inaugurated for a second term, we have a new secretary of Health and Human Services, and the new 109th Congress has been seated with at least 46 new members.
As we planned the first issues of Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare, we envisioned a periodical with a broad reach, reflecting the diversity of activities and interests in the field.
Computerized physician order entry: Check. Bar coding technology: Check. Electronic prescribing: Check. Web-based error reporting system: Check. Enhanced policies on disclosure: Check.
Huntington Hospital, a 525-bed not-for-profit tertiary care community hospital, was established in Pasadena, California, in 1892; its mission is simply to excel at the delivery of healthcare to its community.
This article describes the development of a new program for providing trauma support services to people who have experienced unanticipated outcomes from medical care or, more particularly, the failure of medical care.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) announced in December that it was launching the first-ever national campaign to save 100,000 lives in the next 18 months, and every year thereafter, in U.S. hospitals.
The late Eva Salber, MD, a pioneer of community-based healthcare, noted in 1981 that people with medical problems consult other resources before approaching professionals and that the majority of illnesses are never brought to a health professional at all.