VA picks 10 patient safety centers for funding

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is funding 10 VA patient safety centers of inquiry from 2019 to 2021 to create innovations focused on improving patient safety in VA facilities.

"The [patient safety centers of inquiry] program is the preeminent patient safety innovation network in the Veterans Health Administration," said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. "Since 1999, the interventions implemented through the PSCI program have significantly contributed to our veterans receiving the safest care anywhere."

Patient safety centers of inquiry initiatives that have resulted in patient safety improvements include tool kits for preventing patient falls, moderate sedation techniques for use by people who are not anesthesiologists, protocols for decreasing hospital-acquired infections, suicide prevention strategies and a system to monitor cancer care.

A review committee of patient safety experts, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists, selected the 10 centers after reviewing 36 applicants.

Click here to see the 10 centers selected.

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