Safety

News brief: Engineers and patient families team up for new patient safety program

OSHA Healthcare Connection, September 4, 2012

According to U.S. News & World Report, a $9 million project at Johns Hopkins University, funded by The George and Betty Moore Foundation, aims to combine engineering with the power of patients and their families to prevent some of the most common patient safety threats in hospitals today.

The Patient Care Program project will design patient safety to be more like a car's dashboard that automatically signals the need for an oil change, or like the countdown systems that make sure no step is missed when a satellite is launched.

The Hopkins work is the first step in a planned 10-year, $500 million effort to improve patient safety and family engagement in hospitals around the country. The Institute of Medicine has also signed on to help, along with the National Academy of Engineering, to bring together top experts on how to design safety systems.

Source: U.S. News& World Report

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