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NQF board endorses patient safety measures
The National Quality Forum (NQF) board of directors has endorsed 14 patient safety measures with a focus on complications. The measures address a range of quality concerns, including surgical safety, medication safety, venous thromboembolism, and care coordination.
"Preventable errors in healthcare are costing Americans in a number of ways, whether in premiums, lost work time and wages, or undue stress and anxiety for patients and families," said William A. Conway, MD, senior vice president and chief quality officer at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and co-chair of the Patient Safety — Complications Steering Committee. "This measure set will ensure the healthcare community has the right measurement tools to help alleviate these burdens and provide patients with high-quality care."
Endorsed measures are:
The measures include only those that have been endorsed for at least three years and are now undergoing NQF endorsement maintenance. The ongoing evaluation and updating of endorsed measures ensures they are current and relevant to NQF's patient safety portfolio. In all, 27 measures were evaluated against NQF's endorsement criteria, with 14 receiving endorsement status. Three measures still are under consideration.
Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, senior director at Galloway Consulting and co-chair of the Patient Safety Measures steering committee, said, "These measures are an important part of the NQF measure portfolio. They help providers examine adverse events and increase accountability to implement improvements that will protect patients and enable the safe, high-quality, and compassionate care they deserve."
NQF is a voluntary consensus standards-setting organization.