‘Patient safety’ a great place to incorporate accountability into process!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH

Patient safety peeps are a vibrant and dynamic community with a compelling voice and powerful message. Spawned in part by the Institute of Medicine’s series including ‘To Err Is Human and ‘Crossing the Quality Chasm: The IOM Health Care Quality Initiative‘, the underbelly of ‘iatrogenic medicine’ was largely placed into the consciousness of public discourse.

Fast forward to 2012 and the mantle of the continuing conversation and collaborative stakeholder journey into quality and safety via a mostly fragmented delivery system with a high tolerance for defects and inexplicable variation (when contrasted to the aviation or other ‘peer’ industries), the latest addition to this pool of quality insights and actions is delivered via ‘Chasing Zero’.

According to TMIT:

Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm is hosted and narrated by Dennis Quaid. Following the near-death experience of his infant twins resulting from a medication error, he has initiated a call to action for healthcare leaders to invest in patient safety. The documentary reveals a series of short “arc to action” stories. Each story opens with a challenge and then tells how caregivers overcome such challenges with practices that everyone can adopt. The objective is to inspire the audience to act in their own communities or at their own hospitals. 

Many kudos to Charles R. Denham, MD, Chairman TMIT and his able team for this timely and superb production!


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