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Qual Saf Health Care 18:2 doi:10.1136/qshc.2008.031997
  • Editorial

Adverse event reporting systems and safer healthcare

  1. James B Battles,
  2. David P Stevens
  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS), Rockville, Maryland, USA
  1. Dr James B Battles, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (CQuIPS), 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850, USA; james.battles{at}ahrq.hhs.gov

    At the heart of improvement and safety in healthcare is the now-familiar tenet that was espoused decades ago by Demming and paraphrased by Berwick.1 Need we repeat it again? Every defect should lead to improvement processes that make care safer. It is time to deliver on the promise of reporting systems in patient safety.

    While it is clear that event-reporting systems are now central elements in effective patient safety systems, their growth and implementation have been slow, and their effective use for implementing strategies for safer care has been even slower. In the decade since the report of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to Err is Human2 released in 1999, and an Organization with a Memory3 published in 2000, consensus has grown that learning from patient safety events is an essential part of creating safer healthcare systems—at both national and local levels.

    IMPLEMENTING REPORTING SYSTEMS IS FREIGHTED WITH NATIONAL AS WELL AS LOCAL ISSUES

    This journal has devoted …