In the 20 years since it was released, the report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, has been the catalyst for restructuring how hospitals and health systems approach quality and safety work. The report estimated that 98,000 people were dying in U.S. hospitals each year due to preventable medical harm.
This November, WSHA members are invited to join us in reflecting on the important safety and quality measures that have been implemented since 1999. For the Safety & Quality team at WSHA, it has been a privilege to work with members to implement root cause analysis and patient safety approach tools, strengthen safety-first culture, reduce severe maternal morbidity and mortality, increase the number of advance care plans and so many other initiatives.
We would love to hear what safety and quality improvements and successes stand out to you. This an opportunity to not only hear what we have collectively achieved to improve health outcomes in our region, but also inform our future safety and quality work. Please send your reflections to Emily Pate at EmilyP@wsha.org.