International leaders are meeting today in Washington to advance their efforts in developing a global patient-safety agenda through a World Health Organization patient-safety initiative, led by the Joint Commission and Joint Commission International.
Through the WHO Collaborating Centre, led by the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based Joint Commission and its international subsidiary, the initiative, dubbed the High 5s Project, will develop and implement standardized operating protocols to address five global patient-safety problems. Leaders from five countriesCanada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.K.and the U.S. will sign a letter of intent today in Washington to support these efforts.
Implementation of the five protocols will begin in summer 2008. The five protocols are: promote effective management of concentrated injectable medicines; assure medication accuracy at transitions; improve communications during patient-care handovers; ensure performance of the correct procedure at the correct body site; and promote improved hand hygiene to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
These protocols will be used in hospitals in the partner countries over the next five years, and their impact will be monitored, said Sir Liam Donaldson, chief medical officer for England and chairman of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety, in a news release. (Read more about the commission's moves in Modern Healthcare's May 7 article Foreign adventures. Registration required.) -- by Jean DerGurahian
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