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Prevention, not punishment, key to patient safety

Quality Improvement Report, May 1, 2008

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Free tools help hospitals assess and change culture

There’s good news for hospitals scrambling to meet The Joint Commission’s (formerly JCAHO) new culture of safety standard, which goes into effect in January 2009: The government is here to help—and the tools and guidance are free.

Standard LD.3.10 calls on organizations to assess and set up a culture of safety and quality. But if hospitals just stop at assessment and don’t make meaningful changes, they may be doing more harm than good.

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