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Safe practices approved to help reduce medical errors
The National Quality Forum (NQF) announced recently that it had approved 26 "safe practices" that should be universally utilized in health care to reduce the risk of adverse events. Four additional practices will continue to be evaluated and may be approved in the coming months.
The report identifies 26 safe practices in five specific categories: promoting a culture of safety; matching health care needs with service delivery capabilities; facilitating information transfer and clear communication; adopting safe practices in specific clinical settings or for specific processes of care; and increasing safe medication use. The report also identifies 27 practices that have great promise for reducing adverse events and should have high priority for further research.
The big 26
These are the National Quality Forum’s 26 safe practices: