Patient safety initiatives are critical to all aspects of patient care. The Joint Commission's emphasis on safety is ongoing and ever-present. Information from its sentinel event database shows that safety hazards remain a serious issue. Since this database was implemented in January 1995, The Joint Commission has reviewed 6,244 sentinel events affecting 6,380 patients.
The Joint Commission has launched a national campaign to help Americans become involved in their care. The Speak Up campaign offers tips and actions to help reduce the risk of medical errors. The award-winning patient safety site can be accessed at www.jointcommission.org/ PatientSafety/SpeakUp. This site offers brochures, artwork, and information on important topics, including:
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