Patient Safety at UCSF

National Patient Safety Awareness Week: March 3-9, 2013


Advancing the safety of health care for all patients is a team effort, and one that UCSF, as an academic medical center, is superbly qualified to tackle.

Whether it is contributing to the evidence for effective strategies to improve care, understanding and addressing where there are gaps in the delivery of safe care, or training the next generation of clinicians, the University’s strengths in research, policy, medicine, and education are focused on improving patient safety not just at UCSF but across the world.

In the following story and the stories below, see a few examples of innovative patient safety initiatives involving UCSF.

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New Patient Safety Strategies Based on Decade of Research

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a new report that identifies the top 10, evidence-based patient safety strategies available to clinicians. Read more

Identifying and Treating Sepsis Patients Earlier

Teams of UCSF clinicians each took shifts inside a bus set up to simulate the room of a patient showing signs of sepsis, as part of a Bay Area mobile initiative to improve the ability to identify and treat sepsis patients as early as possible. Read more

Radiation Dose Symposium to Highlight Patient Safety

A first-of-its-kind interactive and virtual radiology symposium will be based at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in May, pulling together professionals at every level of hospital care to improve the safety of diagnostic imaging. Read more

Pediatric Residents Training in New ‘Handoff' Curriculum

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is participating in the nine-center I-PASS study to determine how to best teach residents to properly hand off pediatric patients to reduce medical errors. Read more

Previous Stories on Patient Safety

UCSF Nursing Achieves Magnet Status for Patient Care, Innovation
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New Curriculum Teaches Pediatric Residents Proper Handoffs
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UCSF Medical Center Gets Great HealthGrades
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Giant Leap Toward Improved Safety, Care With Electronic Health Records
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New UCSF Robotic Pharmacy Aims to Improve Patient Safety
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Patient Safety Tools and Resources

UCSF Medical Center has tips to ensure patient safety as well as a hotline for people to report concerns. Click here for more information.

For fact sheets and research from the independent, not-for-profit National Patient Safety Foundation, click here.