Two government agencies will be sending public health officials and hospital quality officers to school to learn how to recognize and correct situations that cause medical mistakes.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Veterans Affairs Department's National Center for Patient Safety announced last week a partnership in which state health officials and selected hospital partners will learn to better analyze and stave off the causes of medical errors.
The program is funded by an AHRQ grant of approximately $7 million over four years. The training program, called the Patient Safety Improvement Corps, is fully enrolled for this year but also will be offered in 2004.
In the first year, participants from 50 health agencies and provider groups in 15 states will attend three one-week sessions at the AHRQ's offices in Rockville, Md. The sessions will teach participants how to identify the root causes of adverse medical events and close calls-sometimes called "near misses"-and help them learn how to correct and prevent them.