5 patient safety focuses to help healthcare inch close to 'zero preventable harm'

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation, a non-profit based in Irvine, Calif., made up of patient safety experts and clinicians, announced five key focuses for 2024 as the organization works to create a "zero preventable harm" environment throughout the healthcare sector.

Among them: diagnostic safety, pediatric patient safety, engaging patient and patient families in safety practices, evaluating hospital leadership's role in patient safety and resilience in healthcare, the organization announced in a Jan. 26 news release. These will all also be topics at the group's annual event in September 2024.

Determining the goals occurs at a mid-year meeting, which the group just held, requires research and insight from multiple stakeholders across healthcare. The group also discussed racial and socio-economic disparities in patient safety and the need for increased access to healthcare data from providers to inform research.

"From day one, we've worked to break the silos across the entire healthcare ecosystem to develop solutions informed by all stakeholders, including patients, and with multidisciplinary expertise," Joe Kiani, founder of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation stated in the release. "The mid-year meeting this year looked at solutions that will help us reach zero preventable harm faster. Momentum is everything. We see a clear pathway toward eliminating preventable medical errors, but we all have a part to play."

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