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August 22/29, 2012

Preventing Patient Harms Through Systems of Care

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine and Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Pronovost); and Patient Care Program, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Palo Alto, California (Dr Bo-Linn).

JAMA. 2012;308(8):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9537

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched Partnership for Patients, an ambitious national effort designed to substantially reduce 9 types of preventable harm and hospital readmissions.1 These harms include adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line–associated bloodstream infections, fall injuries, pressure ulcers, surgical site infections, venous thromboembolisms, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and obstetrical adverse events. Thousands of hospitals have agreed to participate and chose to focus on several harms because it was beyond their capacity to simultaneously address all 9 types of harm.