Patient Safety Systems

Patient Safety Systems

Patient safety and quality of care are the central pillars of the health care system.  In the U.S. 1.7 million Americans develop hospital-acquired infections each year, and 99,000 die from them annually. Three-fourths of the infections start in places like nursing homes and doctors' offices. The economic burden to the U.S. may be as high as $45 billion per year.  The students study the reasons for infections, death, injury and medication errors in healthcare, as well as the error reporting systems and legal considerations. 

"The infection prevention system is comprised of a complex group of integrated elements including various professionals, leadership, devices, policies and processes.  The success of the system does not depend on greatness of an individual part, but rather on the effectiveness of the end system as a whole.  A systems approach to patient safety and quality is essential in understanding the challenges that arise in such a complex scheme, and providing solutions for the stakeholders to deliver the most optimal care for the person who matters most… the patient." - Ali Ghobadi, M.D., Assistant Chief, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Permanente, Orange County - on faculty of the LMU HSE Program.