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Patient safety

March 05, 2014

Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 2-8


It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week and this year’s theme is “Navigate Your Health…Safely.” A patient’s health journey often starts with diagnosis, but experts estimate that up to one in every 10 diagnoses is wrong, delayed, or missed completely and that, collectively, diagnostic errors may account for 40,000 to 80,000 deaths per year in the U.S. In an online column published by Media Planet on February 28, “Zero patients harmed: The promising future of healthcare,” Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission urges health care organizations to commit to becoming a “high reliability” institution. The Joint Commission has developed a framework for hospitals that integrates high-reliability science and our considerable experience working with the thousands of health care organizations that we accredit or certify. For more than 60 years, The Joint Commission has been a champion of patient safety by helping health care organizations improve the quality and safety of the care they provide. Our many patient safety-focused initiatives include:





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