Addressing the Quality and Safety Gap - Part I

Issue 10 of the Charting Nursing's Future series examines case studies in transforming hospital nursing and building cultures of safety.

Between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of hospital errors, while many others sustain serious injuries, according to the Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report To Err Is Human (1999). As the largest single health care workforce, nurses are playing a leading role in addressing this alarming problem. This issue of the series begins a three-part exploration of quality and safety innovations by looking at how four health care systems and a state government are using quality improvement strategies to strengthen care processes, optimize staffing, and promote safe work habits.

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