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3 Key Drivers of Success in Implementing a Patient Safety Framework

Preventable errors are estimated to cost the U.S. healthcare system approximately $187.5 billion to $250 billion annually. (1) Establishing an effective patient safety framework can decrease preventable errors and improve patient outcomes while reducing costs. In recent years, healthcare organizations have begun placing focus on reforming organizational culture in order to maximize patient safety.

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RCA2: Tools to Prevent Harm

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Simple Strategies for Reducing HAIs

Preventing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) is an important goal for any healthcare organization to improve patient safety. A healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) is an infection that a patient contracts while receiving treatment for another medical or surgical condition. (1) 

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What to Look for in a Safety Checklist

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The Importance of Reporting and Tracking Near Misses

The term “near miss” or “good catch” is used to describe an event that did not result in patient harm, but could have. Often, near misses happen multiple times before a harmful incident occurs; in fact, many avoidable deaths have a history of related near misses preceding them. (1) Near misses therefore provide valuable opportunities for proactive learning and improvement.

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The Benefits of Streamlining Internal Audits

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Addressing the Challenge of Infection Control and Patient Safety in the Post-COVID Era

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Detecting and Preventing Drug Diversion in Healthcare

When prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally, it is known as drug diversion. (1) The impact of drug diversion on healthcare organizations can be devastating in multiple ways—from a financial, operational, and patient outcomes perspective.

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Proactive Infection Prevention in Healthcare

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What Can We Learn from the Aviation Industry?

Safety in aviation has often been compared to safety in healthcare. (1) This is the result of significant achievements in the field of aviation as it pertains to both safety and quality improvement. Despite the number of worldwide flight hours doubling over the past 20 years, the number of fatalities has fallen from approximately 450 to 250 per year. This stands in comparison to healthcare, where in the United States alone there are an estimated 200,000 preventable medical deaths every year, which amounts to the equivalent of almost three fatal airline crashes per day. (1)

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