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We envision a world in which the patient's voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.

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INCLUDING PATIENTS AND FAMILY IN PATIENT SAFETY

       June 2016

       Open and candid communication with patients and their families is a key component of safe and effective health              care.  However, communication between caregivers and patients is sometimes hindered by longstanding myths and        misconceptions about the sharing of information.  The Joint Commission, with input from its Patient and Family                Advisory Council, has issued a white paper designed to dispel those myths and to help organizations design more            effective communication practices.


​​INFECTIONS

        March 2014

        On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of             their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for                     Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of healthcare-associated           infections.


LGBT CARE AND SAFETY

        August 2016

        Stigma and discrimination experienced during adolescence can have lifelong health consequences.1 In addition,               risky health behaviors are often established during adolescence and can be particularly prevalent among those                 aged 13 to 18   years experiencing stigma

        2011

        A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey  

        March 2016

        Experiencing the world as a different gender than the one assigned to you at birth can take a toll. Nearly all research         into transgender individuals' mental health shows poorer outcomes. A study looking specifically at transgender                 women, predominantly women of color, only further confirms that reality.


MEDICATION SAFETY & ERRORS

        December 2015

       From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths,              including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent                  increase in just one year, 

       April 2010

​       Between 2005 and 2007, medical errors cost Medicare more than $6.9 billion and were responsible for more than              92,000 potentially preventable in-hospital deaths among the plan’s beneficiaries.1 Of all medical errors, medication            administration mistakes have ranked among the most common, harming at least 1.5 million people every year,                  according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IMNA).2


VETERANS CARE & SAFETY

       July 2015

       A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs is warning Congress on Monday that it needs to fill a $3 billion        shortfall or risk shutting down VA hospitals in August.
       “It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,”                Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

       June 2015

        The Department of Veterans Affairs is at risk of shutting down an unspecified number of hospitals by August if                   Congress doesn't fill a $3 billion shortfall by the end of July, according to The Hill.