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Hospital leaders: To transform care, simplify your team's priorities

Guest post by Scott Kashman, chief administrative officer of Cape Coral Hospital, part of the Lee Memorial Health System in southwest Florida. How would you simplify your organization's...

Medical errors: 5 system-wide changes that can prevent patient harm

Despite controversy over the definition of medical errors used in a new study that finds these mistakes lead to 10 percent of deaths in the United States each year, it's clear that the industry...

Involve facilities professionals in patient safety efforts, expert says

National Patient Safety Foundation President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., said it is important for healthcare systems to include facilities professionals alongside clinical teams for patient safety efforts.

Hospitals must respond to failing patient safety grades with action, not excuses

No hospital plans to find itself on the business end of a failing patient safety grade, but those that do should respond with a combination of accountability and transparency, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Providers use malpractice data to identify common dangers

In an effort to improve healthcare quality, hospital leaders are increasingly referring back to malpractice claims to learn from their mistakes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nurse association promotes 'culture of safety' in healthcare

In the wake of a new report that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the American Nurses Association is urging healthcare professionals to keep safety in mind during National Nurses Week, which begins today.

A culture of patient safety requires education, daily strategies

Seventeen years after the National Patient Safety Foundation's landmark "To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System" report and new research that finds medical errors are the nation's third-leading cause of death, patient safety stands at a crossroads, according to a commentary published in  JAMA.

Patient dangers persist post-discharge

In the ongoing struggle to prevent patient harms and preventable readmissions, many providers overlook one of the most dangerous legs of the process: the discharge and post-discharge process.

Patient safety: A call for more meaningful measures

Increased financial pressure provides hospitals with more incentives to improve patient safety, but policymakers must establish more meaningful measures to create lasting change, write two leading patient safety experts.

Task force calls for sweeping patient safety reforms at NIH's Clinical Center

A panel of independent experts has called for sweeping changes in the patient safety practices at the National Institute of Health's Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The task force writes in a report that an overemphasis on research came at the expense of patient safety.