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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Patient Safety Week Infographic medium
Patient Safety Week - IV bag

The overall probability of making at least one error in intravenous therapy

Patient Safety Week - Data

Number of people who die annually from medical errors

Patient Safety Week - X-ray

Percent of autopsy studies that uncovered major diagnostic discrepancies

Patient Safety Week - Danger
No. 3

Medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the United States

Opioid stewardship

Access resources for health care organizations to help reduce opioid abuse, misuse, addiction and overdose with opioid utilization, management and safety.

Behavioral issues

View this toolkit to learn about common behavioral issues in inpatient medical settings and recommendations for managing them.

Infection control

Read three tips from Rick Beaver, Vizient Consulting Director, that can make your audit efforts for infection prevention more effective.

Sepsis prevention

Learn from Kate O’Shaughnessy, MS-HSM, about key takeaways from the Vizient collaborative on sepsis.

Perioperative care

Learn about leading practices around patient engagement, scheduling, preoperative assessment and triage, medical optimization and postop handoffs.


Learn how the Vizient Medical Device Cybersecurity Task Force is working to secure high-tech medical devices.

Medication safety

Access resources around various pharmacy-related topics to help ensure safe use of medication. 

Connect with us to learn how we can help you prevent patient harm.