The patient safety and quality improvement act of 2005: Developing an error reporting system to improve patient safety

William Riley, Bryan A. Liang, William Rutherford, William Hamman

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Abstract

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) Act enacted in July 2005 constitutes the basis for significant opportunity to improve patient safety in the health care system by creating a voluntary error reporting system. The PSQI Act creates an unprecedented opening to prospectively prevent injury through analysis of mistakes and close calls that have been voluntarily reported by providers and ensures legal protection for providers who report information about errors and injury to a Patient Safety Organization. This paper provides an overview of the main features of the PSQI legislation, describes essential components of a national patient safety reporting system, discusses what events to report, and identifies what lessons can be learned from aviation safety reporting systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Patient Safety
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Law
  • Medical error
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act
  • Policy
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Voluntary error reporting system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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