August 18, 2020

ECRI Institute, ISMP launch new Patient Safety Organization

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

In an August 17 news release, the ECRI Institute and its affiliate, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), announced that they had launched a new Patient Safety Organization (PSO).

The PSO is an important step in making medication, medical devices, and healthcare practices safer for patients across all healthcare settings, now during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future, the report says.


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ECRI and ISMP have been federally designated PSOs since the program began in 2008. By combining their two PSOs, they create one of the largest patient safety entities in the world. ECRI has more than 3.5 million analyzed events, including 10,000 related to COVID-19, and ISMP leads in determining system-based causes of medication errors across the continuum of care and creating changes in practice.

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