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Grant to fund patient safety project includes San Francisco hospital

Monday April 29, 2013
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The San Francisco-based Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has partnered with Johns Hopkins Medicineís Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to design and implement an integrated set of interventions to reduce medical errors in ICUs. The goal of the foundationís patient care program is to eradicate preventable patient harm across the nation.

The grant — the first award in a new $500 million, 10-year program — will fund a two-year demonstration project at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Two ICUs at UCSF will adopt the program and the Institute of Medicine, the RAND Corporation, Health Affairs, Stanford University and others also are working with the program.

The teams will develop an approach that applies systems engineering principles and best practices to improve care and reduce a variety of negative effects — not only those that harm the patient physically, but also those that can damage the dignity and respect of patients and their families. The project is funded by a multimillion dollar grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

"Improvements in patient care will be more significant and lasting if patients and their families are actively engaged — especially if we reconfigure clinical processes, care teams and technology into an integrated whole to focus on patient safety," George Bo-Linn, MD, chief program officer for the Moore Foundation program, said in a news release.

Work on the effort started in late 2012.