Institute of Medicine (IOM)

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies is a nonprofit organization created specifically to provide individuals and organizations science-based advice on biomedical science, medicine and health matters. IOM was chartered in 1970 as a component of the National Academy of Sciences.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP)

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a nonprofit organization comprised of pharmacists, nurses and physicians devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. Over the years, ISMP has developed numerous publications, programs and tools designed to help healthcare professionals prevent medication errors, such as publishing newsletters, conducting frequent educational programs on medication safety issues, offering drug safety tools (posters, videos, patient brochures, books, etc.), and conducting on-site risk assessments of medication safety in healthcare facilities and responding to sentinel events.

Joint Commission

Joint Commission is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards since 1951.

National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation is a resource for individuals and organizations committed to improving the safety of patients. The foundation helps to raise public awareness and foster communications about patient safety.

NCPS: VA National Center for Patient Safety

The NCPS was established in 1999 to develop and nurture a culture of safety throughout the Veterans Health Administration. Their goal is the nationwide reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care. Patient safety managers at 153 VA hospitals and patient safety officers at 21 VA regional headquarters participate in the program.

Patient Safety Group

Started in 2004 by Jay and Sorrel King, this organization uses two programs, the eCUSP (electronic unit-based patient safety program) and the AHRQ Culture Survey to help health care organizations communicate, collaborate, share and improve. The eCUSP provides caregivers the opportunity to manage, monitor, organize, account for and share their patient safety efforts and the AHRQ Culture Survey allows health care organizations to easily measure their workplace culture to help drive improvement initiatives.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality—the Nation’s lead Federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety.
Home to research centers that specialize in major areas of health care research:
*Quality improvement and patient safety.
*Outcomes and effectiveness of care.
*Clinical practice and technology assessment.
*Health care organization and delivery systems.
*Primary care (including preventive services).
*Health care costs and sources of payment.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent, not-for-profit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI works to accelerate improvement by building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving patient care and helping health care systems put those ideas into action.

The Josie King Foundation

The Josie King Foundation was founded by the Jay and Sorrel King, the parents of eighteen-month old Josie King, who died at John Hopkins Hospital in 2001 because of a medical error. Josie was admitted for first and second degree burns, but died because of dehydration and misused narcotics.

The Quaid Foundation

The Quaid Foundation was started by actor Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly when their newborn twins almost died of a medical error. Just a few weeks after being born, the twins were taken to the hospital for an infection they had, where they were overdosed with the blood thinner heparin.

World Health Organization: World Alliance for Patient Safety

In October 2004, WHO launched the World Alliance for Patient Safety in response to a World Health Assembly Resolution (2002) urging WHO and Member States to pay the closest possible attention to the problem of patient safety.

The Alliance raises awareness and political commitment to improve the safety of care and facilitates the development of patient safety policy and practice in all WHO Member States. Each year, the Alliance delivers a number of programs covering systemic and technical aspects to improve patient safety around the world.

Medical Assistant Degree

Drugwatch is an awareness group that aims to educate the public about prescription and over-the-counter drugs available currently or previously on the market. It also provides information on the many serious side effects of these drugs and medications.

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