Consensus on safety practices. (Policy & Practice).
There's more than one way to reduce medical errors in health
care settings. The National Quality Forum's 173 member
organizations have endorsed 30 patient safety practices that should be
used to reduce the risk of harm to patients. These include hiring
critical care medicine specialists to manage patients in hospital ICUs,
informing patients that they're likely to fare better if they have
certain high-risk, elective surgeries at facilities with demonstrated
superior outcomes, and making sure that hospital pharmacists are more
actively involved in the medication use process. These 30 practices
should be "put to work immediately," says Tommy C. Thompson,
secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.