NPSF supports findings from IOM report

November 29, 1999

Chicago, IL -- The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is in strong support of the findings from the report on patient safety, just released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. The IOM report recommends a four-part plan that systematically designs safety into the process of care.

The NPSF has worked to measurably improve patient safety since it was founded in 1997. According to Henri R. Manasse, Jr., Ph.D., Sc.D., Chair of the NPSF Board of Directors, "The findings of this report are very important to the issue of improving patient safety and working toward the goal of fail-safe care processes. The IOM information is very supportive of earlier learning and should help raise awareness and establish patient safety as a national priority." Manasse also sees that the report will provide additional momentum and focus, so that a wider community will act upon improving patient safety.

Since it's formation, the NPSF has taken a "new look" at errors and accidents in health care that emphasizes a systems-learning approach , as opposed to methods that focus only on blame and punishment for mistakes. The NPSF has focused on establishing a culture of trust, honesty, integrity and open communications for the continued improvement of patient safety. And, consistent with the IOM recommendations, the NPSF believes that fundamental changes are needed to sustain improvements.

Nancy W. Dickey , MD, Past Chair of the NPSF Board of Directors said, "In general, medicine is very safe, but medicine is also very complex and is not without risk. Any error that harms a patient is one error too many. While we may never achieve perfection, we must continue to strive for it. The NPSF will continue to lead the effort to improve patient safety."

Dickey continued, "We've made excellent progress in convening many of the appropriate organizations and individuals who will provide leadership, expertise, and resources for needed action." Two such examples include the NPSF's Pharmaceutical Safety Initiative, with its goal to reduce the risk of medication error, and the NPSF Solutions Project, focused on sharing best practice clinical examples that have improved patient safety with measurable outcomes.

The National Patient Safety Foundation is an independent, nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to the measurable improvement of patient safety in the delivery of health care. The NPSF was founded in 1997 by the American Medical Association, CNA HealthPro, and 3M. Other major benefactors include Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals. The NPSF has formed a unique partnership of health care clinicians, institutional providers, health product manufacturers, researchers, legal advisors, consumer advocates, regulators, and policy makers among its board of directors. Working collaboratively with its broad base of constituents, the NPSF is leading the patient safety movement by raising awareness, building a knowledge base, creating a forum for sharing knowledge, and facilitating the implementation of practices that improve patient safety.
For more information about the NPSF, visit our website at

National Patient Safety Foundation

Related Health Care Articles from Brightsurf:

Study evaluates new World Health Organization Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers
The World Health Organization developed the new Labor Care Guide to support clinicians in providing good quality, women-centered care during labor and childbirth.

Six ways primary care "medical homes" are lowering health care spending
New analysis of 394 U.S. primary care practices identifies the aspects of care delivery that are associated with lower health care spending and lower utilization of emergency care and hospital admissions.

Modifiable health risks linked to more than $730 billion in US health care costs
Modifiable health risks, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking, were linked to over $730 billion in health care spending in the US in 2016, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health.

Spending on primary care vs. other US health care expenditures
National health care survey data were used to assess the amount of money spent on primary care relative to other areas of health care spending in the US from 2002 to 2016.

MU Health Care neurologist publishes guidance related to COVID-19 and stroke care
A University of Missouri Health Care neurologist has published more than 40 new recommendations for evaluating and treating stroke patients based on international research examining the link between stroke and novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Large federal program aimed at providing better health care underfunds primary care
Despite a mandate to help patients make better-informed health care decisions, a ten-year research program established under the Affordable Care Act has funded a relatively small number of studies that examine primary care, the setting where the majority of patients in the US receive treatment.

International medical graduates care for Medicare patients with greater health care needs
A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital research team indicates that internal medicine physicians who are graduates of medical schools outside the US care for Medicare patients with more complex medical needs than those cared for by graduates of American medical schools.

The Lancet Global Health: Improved access to care not sufficient to improve health, as epidemic of poor quality care revealed
Of the 8.6 million deaths from conditions treatable by health care, poor-quality care is responsible for an estimated 5 million deaths per year -- more than deaths due to insufficient access to care (3.6 million) .

Under Affordable Care Act, Americans have had more preventive care for heart health
By reducing out-of-pocket costs for preventive treatment, the Affordable Care Act appears to have encouraged more people to have health screenings related to their cardiovascular health.

High-deductible health care plans curb both cost and usage, including preventive care
A team of researchers based at IUPUI has conducted the first systematic review of studies examining the relationship between high-deductible health care plans and the use of health care services.

Read More: Health Care News and Health Care Current Events is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to