Patient SafetyDespite a national push to improve patient safety in hospitals and other medical facilities for more than a decade, progress has been slow and limited. Tens of thousands of patients still die every year because of preventable medical errors. The toll is measured not only in lives lost but also in the many billions of dollars expended for additional care and other costs resulting from the errors. The gravity of the problem is reflected in the priorities of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which allocates $1 billion to enhancing patient safety.
JSI has pioneered innovative ways to further the goal of patient safety with a focus on identifying and implementing practical, evidence-based solutions. JSI takes a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing upon staff expertise in clinical care, research and regulatory policy. Working with hospitals and health departments to curb health care-associated infections, a major component of preventable medical errors, has been the primary focus of JSI’s patient safety initiatives.
Other JSI efforts to advance patient safety include assistance to state and federal health departments in developing research plans and policy; training of hospital staff in reporting of research-and-quality data collected by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; in-depth chart reviews of hospitals’ infection-related data; and auditing of performance reports for public release.
JSI develops hospital advisories about important patient safety and quality improvement issues. The advisories inform hospitals, staff and providers about recent cases and provide information and resources for quality improvement activities
JSI carried out an in-depth data validation process to assess and improve the quality of National Healthcare Safety Network data on healthcare associated infection reported by the 26 acute care hospitals in New Hampshire.
JSI coordinated several formative research activities on healthcare-associated infection reporting and prevention, provided technical support at rollout of statewide mandatory reporting, and now leads National Healthcare Safety Network data validation.