JCAHO launches patient safety initiative

Saving thousands of lives by translating patient safety research and learning into common practice is the goal of a new initiative launched by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The initiative focuses on the broad dissemination and proactive promotion of patient safety solutions proven to reduce health care errors and improve patient safety.

More than 30 of the best solutions submitted through the "Call for Solutions" process will be showcased at the Joint Commission Resources’ National Conference on Quality and Safety in Health Care, Oct. 4-6, 2000 in Chicago. The third day of the conference is "Patient Safety 2000: Spotlighting Strategies, Sharing Solutions," and will be co-convened by NPSF and the Joint Commission.

Three outstanding submissions will be selected to receive awards from the new Patient Safety Awards Program established by the NPSF. Each winner will receive $10,000. Solutions will be judged for an award in elder care, innovative clinical solutions, and patient/provider communications solutions. Those and other solutions also will be included in a "Compendium of Solutions" to be copublished by NPSF and the Joint Commission in early 2001. The publication will feature full papers of all abstracts meeting established evaluation and selection criteria. Abstracts of these papers also will be available on NPSF’s Web site.

More information about Patient Safety 2000 is available at www.npsf.org. Additional information about the conference is available at www. jcaho.org/edu_pub/natlevnt/npsf.html or www. jcrinc.com.

All abstracts must be received by July 1, 2000 and should be submitted to Mitch Dvorak, Program Manager, National Patient Safety Foundation, 515 N. State St., Chicago, IL, 60610. E-mail: mitch_dvorak@ama-assn.org. For further information on submission guidelines, contact Dvorak at (312) 464-5418.