National Quality Forum endorses updated safe practices

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To guide healthcare systems in providing safe care, the nonprofit National Quality Forum (NQF) has endorsed an updated list of Safe Practices for Better Healthcare.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based organization, Safe Practices are part of NQF’s safety portfolio which includes safety measures, educational Webinars on implementing safe practices and serious reportable events--a list of 28 medical errors that should never happen.

The 34 endorsed practices, addressing issues like healthcare associated infections, pediatric imaging and workforce development, have been updated with the latest evidence and are to be used as a guide to healthcare systems in providing care that is free from error and harm, said the nonprofit.

Preventable errors cost the U.S. an estimated 98,000 lives annually and $17 billion to $29 billion per year in healthcare expenses, lost worker productivity, lost income and disability, according to NQF.

The Austin-based Texas Medical Institute of Technology made financial contributions in support of this project.