Announcing the Making Health Care Safer III Report

(gentle music) – Hello, I’m Dr. Jeff Brady, director of the Center
for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, at the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality, or AHRQ. I’m proud to introduce the Making Healthcare Safer III report. I believe this report
represents a unique opportunity to dramatically improve patient
safety in the United States. Making Healthcare Safer III identifies nearly four dozen practices, that can improve patient safety across a variety of
settings and stakeholders. It’s a comprehensive report, whose pages are filled
with practical guidance on how today’s clinicians can
keep patients free from harm. These 47 practices include technological and staffing innovations, a series of hygiene and
disinfection interventions, and several practices designed
to prevent medication error, and reduce opioid misuse, and overdose. This report matters because
it will help clinicians navigate complex waters. Before we commit to implementing
a patient safety practice, we want to know we won’t be wasting our precious time and resources. This report provides
information the field needs, to evaluate how to prioritize
efforts to keep patients safe. The Making Healthcare Safer III report was researched and written, by a variety of patient safety experts, studying the best available evidence. This is AHRQ’s third Making
Healthcare Safer report. The first, published back in 2001, proposed 11 practices that
became the cornerstone of many hospitals’ patient
safety improvement programs. The second Making Health
Care Safer report, published in 2013, examined
how cost, implementation, and contextual considerations can influence the effectiveness
of safety innovations. Now, with this third Making
Healthcare Safer report, we’re looking directly into the future of how to keep patients safe, as part of 21st century healthcare. The report is the next
step on a long journey. There will always be
threats to patient safety. As long as there are, we’ll be there, doing what we can to identify,
reduce, and mitigate them.

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