CRICO’s Pat Folcarelli, Vice President, Patient Safety, and her co-authors David Bates of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Elizabeth Mort of Massachusetts General Hospital, discuss a recent large study of harm co-sponsored by CRICO. 

The authors explore the study’s results in terms of harm incidence and distribution, and they compare the findings with prior studies of harm in hospitals. They also suggest what the results imply in terms of improving the safety of care, and how to accelerate it. In conclusion, the authors say, “While the news on current performance is sobering, a better future is possible and is in our reach.” They challenge health care leaders to lean in and “take steps to move this agenda forward with alacrity.”

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