Patient safety focuses on avoiding, preventing and decreasing the impact of adverse outcomes or injuries stemming from medical errors. Nearly 50 percent of the Joint Commission standards are directly related to patient safety. As part of our ongoing commitment to you, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) has made patient safety our first priority.
The following resources provide additional general information on patient safety. If you are at SCCA, you can use the computers in the Patient & Family Resource Center on the first floor to access online information.
National Patient Safety Foundation
An independent non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the safety of patients.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans. Read these publications from AHRQ:
- 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
- 20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children
- Five Steps to Safer Health Care
The Joint Commission
An independent nonprofit organization, the nation’s predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care that focuses on improving the quality and safety of care provided by healthcare organizations. Read patient-safety information from the Joint Commission.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
A nonprofit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world.
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
This department works with federal, state and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthier and safer.