Working to Eliminate Preventable Medical Harm
More than 250,000 Americans die annually from preventable medical errors, making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States. The number of Americans experiencing serious, but non-lethal, injury from preventable errors may be 10 to 20 times that number. Medical errors lead to an estimated $50 billion in added U.S. health care costs, and up to $1 trillion in lost human potential and contributions. These alarming statistics emphasize the urgent need for patients and health care professionals to work together to eliminate medical errors and to assure the highest quality of health care for everyone in our communities.
To respond to this daunting national challenge, UNTHSC has established the Institute for Patient Safety dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care in our region and throughout the nation. The Institute is achieving its objectives through collaborative, patient-centered, interprofessional initiatives that include comprehensive professional and community education, applied research to generate new knowledge and innovations, and quality improvement projects that directly impact health care delivery.
Patient Safety Starts with Us!
March 26 – March 29th – Patient Safety Awareness Week
Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week with the IHI Open School Fort Worth Chapter.
The IHI Open School is a face-to-face group that brings together students from different programs across the health science campus who have a shared interest in learning about quality improvement and improving care for patients. The IHI Open School creates a forum for like-minded students to interact and help each other gain skills to improve care. Students are provided with opportunities to learn, network, connect and engage with supportive faculty to accomplish scholarly activities
View events here: Patient Safety Week Main Events
3rd Annual Institute for Patient Safety Summit
The Ethical Imperative of Highly Reliable and Safe Patient Care
Learn how ethics, leadership, and culture drive patient safety.
Date: February 8 – 9, 2018
Location: The Fort Worth Club
Address: 306 W 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
This page was last modified on March 23, 2018