September 14th, 2009

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Takes Aim at Patient Safety Failures

By Kelley Luckstein

Teaming up with top hospitals and health systems across the country to use new methods to find the causes of and put a stop to dangerous and potentially deadly breakdowns in patient care, The Joint Commission is launching the Center for Transforming Healthcare. The Center’s first initiative is tackling hand washing failures that contribute to health care-associated infections that kill nearly 100,000 Americans each year and cost U.S. hospitals $4 billion to $29 billion annually to combat…

 

Hand washing is the Center’s first patient safety challenge. The next project with safety experts and leading hospitals—Fairview Health Services, Intermountain Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Partners HealthCare System, New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Stanford Hospital & Clinics—will target breakdowns in hand-off communications.

 

The Joint Commission, 09/10/09

Tags: patient safety, Uncategorized

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