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Patient Safety Corporation Has Made Progress; Needs to Continue Developing Its Infrastructure, Report No. 06-76, December 2006
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The 2004 Legislature created the Florida Patient Safety Corporation to promote a culture of patient safety and serve as a learning organization to assist health care providers improve the quality and safety of health care and reduce harm to patients. Since its inception in July 2004, the corporation has made progress toward fulfilling its statutory duties and responsibilities. It has carried out administrative and organizational tasks necessary to begin operating and addressing its statutory duties. In addition, the corporation has contracted to design and pilot a near-miss reporting system and developed a proposal to study adverse incident data. It also has taken some initial steps to educate health care providers and the public about patient safety.

However, for the corporation to fully achieve its purpose and be recognized as a leader in promoting a culture of patient safety, it needs to take steps to develop its infrastructure. To accomplish this, the corporation should

  • employ full-time staff with patient safety expertise,
  • develop an annual work plan,
  • establish working partnerships with stakeholders, and
  • acquire grant and private-sector funding.

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