Friday, December 4, 2009

The Foundation of Quality Is Safety

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This post is part of our two-week series commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the seminal IOM Report "To Err Is Human." To see all posts in the series, please click here.

Recently, Janice Simmons blogged for HealthLeaders Media regarding a presentation by Richard Shannon, MD (chair of the department of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsvlvania in Philadelphia) at a Consumer Union's Safe Patient Project forum. Shannon asserted that healthcare could become a "high-performing organization" and provided tips to health leaders on ways to improve their organizations. Shannon believes that a new mindset can lead to greater patient safety... Patient safety, he says, should be considered "a precondition of work."

"The foundation of quality is safety—and safety must be a precondition."

Click here to read the piece.

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