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What's New | March 02, 2009

Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Medical Errors
The rate of medical errors in American hospitals remains high. About 1 million patient safety incidents occurred in approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalizations between 2004 and 2006, according to the Fifth Annual HealthGrades Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study. (If you don't have the software to open this PDF, download free Adobe Acrobat Reader® software.) The Institute of Medicine reported in 2006 that medication errors alone injure at least 1.5 million Americans annually, costing the nation more than $3.5 billion a year.

The featured profiles describe innovative hospital programs designed to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 5 Million Lives Campaign. Getting Started Kit: Prevent Central Line Infections How-to Guide
Developed by Institute for Healthcare Improvement

 Five Steps to Safer Health Care: Patient Fact Sheet
Developed by American Hospital Association; American Medical Association; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 Stop — Learn — Go — Tips for Talking With Your Pharmacist to Learn How to Use Medicines Safely
Developed by Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research

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 Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk
Developed by Barbara Braden and Nancy Bergstrom

 Patient Care Portfolio
Developed by Association of UK University Hospitals

 TriCentral Palliative Care Program Toolkit
Developed by Kaiser Permanente-TriCentral Service Area