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Our initiatives bring people together to find solutions

Teamwork is critical in health care – and in patient safety. We bring together health care providers, patients and experts to develop solutions and drive change. Our partners share a vision of creating a culture of safety in every health care organization in the Commonwealth.

Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium

Every two minutes someone dies from sepsis in the U.S. – that’s more than from prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is a medical emergency in the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium brings together leading experts and advocates from across the state to raise awareness and save lives.

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Cataract Safety

Cataract removal is one of the most common and safest surgical procedures. Yet, Massachusetts saw an uptick in preventable errors, with some resulting in blindness to patients. We convened an expert panel of ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, and consumers to look at the underlying causes and develop best practices for statewide implementation.

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Diagnostic Error

Most people will receive an incorrect or late diagnosis at least once in their lives, sometimes with serious consequences. Yet diagnostic error hasn’t been well studied. The Primary-Care Research in Diagnosis Errors (PRIDE) Learning Network is a local and national effort to better understand misdiagnosis cases and boost diagnostic accuracy in primary care.

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Safety in Emergency Medicine

Prompted by emergency medicine leaders, we’re convening a multi-stakeholder team, including partners from the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the Massachusetts Emergency Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants, to develop evidence-based interventions for improving safety for patients and staff in this challenging environment.

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Peer Support Programs

Patients, families and medical professionals can all be affected by adverse medical events. This year, the Center expects to seed voluntary peer support programs in five Massachusetts hospitals for doctors, nurses and other staff grappling with the emotional consequences of a patient harm event, while at the same time developing a statewide network of patient and family peer supporters.

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