Center for Patient Safety

| First, do no harm

The Safety Problem

We often seek healthcare services at the most vulnerable moments in our lives. We trust our healthcare providers to deliver our care safely and efficiently. However, sometimes healthcare can go wrong. People can and do make mistakes. In fact, healthcare errors contribute to approximately 100,000 premature deaths per year and more than one million injuries in the U.S. alone according to "To Err is Human" by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

The Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston was established to understand how mistakes occur and what systems we need to create to prevent them.

Making Care Safer

The Center's research has resulted in the implementation of a number of practices that have proven to prevent injuries and errors wherever a patient receives care - in the hospital, in the doctor's office, at the pharmacy, in the home or in long-term care facilities. Our Center investigators evaluate interventions, systems, and educational and public policies to improve the safety of patients.

Pioneer, Engage, Collaborate

The Center has three primary objectives:

•  Pioneer a national patient safety research agenda with new approaches and technologies that builds and supports a patient safety research workforce across primary, ambulatory and tertiary care settings.

•  Engage partners from non-profit, corporate and government settings to innovate, lead and educate current and future practitioners.

•  Collaborate with leaders in patient safety and healthcare quality improvement to change the culture of healthcare delivery so that patient safety is first among the values for all practitioners and health delivery systems.



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