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EMHS Endorses Free From Harm Recommendations

EMHS, Boston Children's Hospital, the American Nurses Association, and the National Association for Healthcare Quality are among 57 organizations worldwide to endorse the National Patient Safety Foundation report, Free from Harm: Accelerating Patient Safety Improvement Fifteen Years After to Err Is Human.
 
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. Since the Institute of Medicine released, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System in 1999, work to make care safer for patients has progressed at a rate much slower than expected. To Err Is Human drew widespread focus on patient safety and the National Patient Safety Foundation is building upon that awareness. The Foundation—a national partnership among the health care community, patients and families, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and healthcare workforce safety and to spread strategies to prevent harm—endorses shifting away from reactive, piecemeal interventions toward a total systems approach to safety, as outlined in their eight recommendations.
 
By endorsing the Free from Harm report, EMHS is publicly declaring our support and approval of the eight recommendations. Already, these recommendations have been communicated across our system to patient safety teams and stakeholders, and are incorporated into our evolving patient safety work.

EMHS is implementing the eight recommendations of the Report, starting with a baseline of patient safety culture. Improving patient safety requires an organizational culture that enables and prioritizes safety. The importance of culture change needs to be brought to the forefront, rather than taking a backseat to other safety activities. “This year the EMHS Patient Safety System Team is partnering with each member organization to set the baseline for High Reliability in patient safety. The baseline for each member organization comprises its results on the culture of patient safety survey combined with its rates of hospital acquired conditions on each unit,” according to Nancee Bender, RN, PhD, and EMHS chief patient safety officer.
 
To learn more about the National Patient Safety Foundation, visit their website: http://www.npsf.org/