Our goal: Work with countries, regions, organizations, and individuals to build safety into every system of care, ensuring that patients receive the safest, most reliable care across the continuum.
In the Spotlight
A recent study published in BMJ Quality & Safety used an international dataset to compare administrative data for emergency and surgical elective patients treated in hospitals in England, Australia, United States, and the Netherlands to confirm the “weekend effect.” They found that mortality outcomes “vary within each country and per day of the week in agreement with previous studies of the weekend effect.”
A “Must Do” List for Safety Practice Compliance
In this recent Health Affairs Blog post, Dr. Robert Wachter, on behalf of the National Patient Safety Foundation board members, calls on health care organizations, accreditors, funders, and payers to promote a “must do” list of practices to improve patient safety. The first two recommended practices are hand hygiene and influenza vaccination for health care workers. “While ‘no blame’ remains the correct reaction to most mistakes, it is not the appropriate response when clinicians are disruptive, incompetent, or willfully choose to ignore evidence-based safety rules.”