“Patient Safety beyond the Hospital” – NEJM Article

Patient Safety beyond the Hospital
NEJM | September 8, 2010 | Topics: Health Care Delivery, Quality of Care
Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., and Thomas H. Lee, M.D.

Referenced above is another relevant article in The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gandhi and Dr. Lee draw attention to the many differences in today’s health care delivery.  The accumulation of these differences puts a strain on a health care provider’s ability to consistently deliver health care safely and accurately.  It is necessary to acknowledge the differences, measure, interpret & analyze the errors, and enact changes (to process, culture, etc.) to adapt to the differences and reduce the errors across health care settings and delivery platforms.

“Critical to the patient safety beyond the hospital (walls) is to involve accredited Patient Safety Organizations in this endeavor; with the understanding that the proper collection and analysis of data relating to patient safety will make a difference in changing the culture of a health care organization. Patient safety is one of the fundamental constructs in improving care in the outpatient setting. We believe that the outpatient health care provider should and will seek the involvement of a Patient Safety organization in the very near future.” – Edward Iannuccilli, M.D.

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