Most of the time, health care in the U.S. is delivered safely and without harm to the patient. However, medicine is a complex field, and humans sometimes make mistakes. Patient safety is the field of expertise that hospitals and other health care organizations use to protect their patients from harm, such as errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Strong health care teams stay current with accreditation standards, reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients and families. Check out the areas below to learn more about how Vizient® is partnering with our members to prevent patient harm.
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