ABMS Endorses NPSF Call to Action
As a reflection of ABMS’ commitment to advancing safe care and elevating patient and workforce safety as a core value, ABMS is among the early endorsers of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF’s) Call to Action: Preventable Health Care Harm Is a Public Health Crisis and Patient Safety Requires a Coordinated Public Health Response issued during Patient Safety Awareness Week. The Call to Action outlines how a public health approach can bring about widespread advances in patient safety and provides a public health framework to reduce harm to patients and the workforce. It builds on successful efforts to reduce health care-associated infections and takes advantage of critical lessons learned.
NPSF’s Call to Action sets forth six categories of recommendations beginning with the need for a national steering committee and a national action plan for the prevention of health care-associated harm to the need to expand or develop education, training, and resources for the health care workforce. By initiating a public health approach and working together to implement it, health care leaders and policymakers can accelerate progress in patient safety and establish the infrastructure needed to ensure that patients and the health care workforce are free from preventable harm across the health care spectrum.