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Tennessee Hospitals Take Aim at Medical Error with Aerial Aces
Date:3/27/2013

Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) March 27, 2013

The Tennessee Center for Patient Safety(TCPS) will be partnering with LifeWings Partners, LLC in 2013 in its ongoing effort to make patient safety a priority across the state of Tennessee. The aim of this partnership will be to advance the adoption of TeamSTEPPS, a patient safety program built on the best practices from aviation to improve the reliability, safety and quality of care received by patients in Tennessee hospitals. The objectives of TCPS are to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based strategies that improve the safety and quality of care received by patients, and provide training for hospital leaders to advance their organizations’ culture of safety. The TCPS and LifeWings share in their commitment to increase patient safety, eliminate medical errors, and save lives.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decisionmakers and the public, issued results of a study called - To Err Is Human. This study stated the following: Preventable medical errors account for more deaths each year than breast cancer, automobile accidents or drownings. Poor communication among healthcare workers is the most common cause of these medical errors. Nearly 70 percent of sentinel events have communication cited as a root cause. Despite efforts to change these statistics, communication failure has been cited as the number one contributing factor in reported sentinel events, over the past decade.

LifeWings is a respected innovator in aviation-based healthcare performance improvement and was the first patient safety consultant to use the principl
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