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Safety management activities of Yokohama City University Hospital--safety management is the platform of quality improvement



Safety management activities of Yokohama City University Hospital--safety management is the platform of quality improvement



Nihon Geka Gakkai Zasshi 104(1): 35-39



Four years have passed since mistaking patients for operations occurred at Yokohama city university hospital (YCU hosp) on January 11, 1999. The accident was not just a simple mistake such as the patients happened to have the same name. Its root seemed to be a system error that deeply related to health care delivery at YCU hosp. Based on the trying experience, YCU hosp started to construct a new system for health care safety management. From 2001 the system development entered the second phase. The activities of this phase included promoting interdisciplinary projects on a variety of topics, implementing a systematic educational program, and activating risk managers. As a whole, autonomous activities by health care professionals regarding patient safety started to take place in the hospital as a new approach for safety management. The next step will be to expand these activities into a movement for hospital-wide quality improvement and establishing clinical governance.

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