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.


3rd Annual Institute for Patient Safety Summit

Innovation in Leadership & Culture

Date: February 8 – 9, 2018

Location: The Fort Worth Club

Address: 306 W 7th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

Registration: reserve your spot here


NEW Patient Safety Webinar Series


Guest Speaker: Katherine Pohlman

Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm CT / 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT

Co-Sponsored by: UNT Health Science Center, Institute for Patient Safety & National Network of Libraries of Medicine NIH>NLM>NNLM: The NNLM South Central Region aims to advance the progress of medicine and improve public health through increased access to health information within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Description: Improved quality of care through patient safety is a priority of the American healthcare systems. Although most health care happens in community-based offices, patient safety research in these settings has been limited. SMT is a therapy delivered by several community-based healthcare professionals with over 50% of the American population receiving SMT sometime in their life. This webinar will present ongoing and past SMT patient safety research, including current opportunities for provider participation.



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