News Brief

Patient safety practices resource available

The Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety has launched a new "in-development" Patient Safety Practices resource on the Center's web site at This beta version of the on-line database has a rich collection of practices and interventions for preventing adverse events, while also soliciting user suggestions for enhancing the web site's content and functionality.

There are links to more than 400 established sites that include a wide variety of respected domestic and international patient safety sources. Officials said the database is being introduced as a work in progress to encourage users to submit additional safe practices that can be widely shared and to suggest ways in which the database can become an even more helpful resource.

"This database is a simple way of getting practical information into the hands of health care professionals and other provider organization staff to help them improve patient safety," said Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety co-director Peter Angood, MD. "This initiative underscores the center's commitment to translating available knowledge about patient safety into actionable information."