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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.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 15th – Patient Safety Webinar Series 

We invite you to join us for the third session of the Patient Safety Webinar Series provided by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) South Central Region, and co-sponsored by the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety.  Through this series, we hope to empower health care professionals, patients, and health information professionals to support the elimination of preventable harm and achieve the highest quality in health care possible. Sessions will be scheduled quarterly and topics chosen based on current trends in patient care. Possible topics include patient safety research, quality improvement, opioid abuse, precision medicine, human factors engineering, high reliability organizations, and ambulatory care.

Topic: Tipping the Culture in Healthcare – Mass Communication and Impacting Perception
Guest Speaker: Jessica Maack Rangel, MS RN
Date: Tuesday, May 15th
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT

Description: The healthcare industry has worked diligently to achieve improved and sustained patient safety outcomes; however, the impact of these efforts on improvement measures has been insufficient, especially when compared to high reliability organizations such as aviation and nuclear power industries. What’s the difference, and what can healthcare learn from these organizations? This session is designed to be a thought-provoking appeal to examine healthcare messaging and its impact on patient safety.  High reliability principles imbued with an interprofessional approach to communication design can make a difference. “Every system is perfectly designed to achieve the outcomes it gets.” Let’s tip the culture in a direction that drives safety.

Co-Sponsored by: NNLM South Central Region and the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety
Website/Webinar Access: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/patient-safety-series

This page was last modified on May 24, 2018