Commonwealth Fund Addresses Patient Safety
MedSun: Newsletter #4, May 2006

In Committed to Safety: Ten Case Studies on Reducing Harm to Patients, a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, Douglas McCarthy, president of Issues Research, Inc., and David Blumenthal, M.D., director of the Institute for Health Policy at Harvard Medical School, describe 10 organizations—ranging from large, recognized health systems to small community hospitals—that made changes to improve patient care and prevent unnecessary harm. The five areas that are shown to hold great promise for improving patient safety include promoting an organizational culture of safety, improving teamwork and communication, enhancing rapid response to prevent heart attacks and other crises, preventing health care-associated infections in the intensive care unit, and preventing adverse drug events.

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