Pulse Center for Patient Safety Education and Advocacy (CPSEA) is dedicated to raising awareness about patient safety through education, advocacy, and support.
We envision a world in which the patient's voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.
Another Way to Find Fast Facts
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.
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
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
A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey
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
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,
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
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.
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.