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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Issues Annual Report for 2008
Date:4/30/2009

The Authority attempts to measure the level of adoption of select process and safety practices by Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities and enhances its educational mission through its Patient Safety Liaison program

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority issued its 2008 Annual Report with survey information containing the level of adoption of some process and safety practices related to guidance published in Patient Safety Advisories and objectives established by national patient safety organizations.

"While experts agree it's difficult to measure patient safety, the Authority has attempted to establish a baseline through a survey after five years of collecting reports from Pennsylvania's healthcare facilities," Dr. Ana Pujols-McKee, chair of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority said. "The results show facilities have adopted some practices to help improve patient safety, but in some other areas improvements can be made."

Pujols-McKee said the methodology behind the survey included input from Patient Safety Officers (PSOs) and patient safety practices defined by national organizations including: the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Hospital-Acquired Conditions, the Joint Commission's 2009 National Patient Safety Goals and the National Quality Forum's Serious Reportable Events and Safe Practices for Better Healthcare. The survey included practices relevant to hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs), birthing centers and abortion facilities.

The safe practices surveyed were organized into five domains: Safety Leadership; Medication Safety; Safe Surgery; Infection Prevention; and Device Safety.

"In regard to safety leadership, our results show hospitals are doing pretty well in implementing cultures of safety that allow individuals within those facilities to voice their c
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