No-Fee Education Alert: The Science of Safety in Healthcare

June 5, 2013

The Science of Safety in Healthcare.
Presented by Peter J. Pronovost and Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb.
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

Begins June 3 — five weeks.
(Suggest enrolling within first week to stay current with other participating students.)

Dr. Peter Pronovost has made patient safety his mission. He already possessed considerable stature, when Josie King‘s baby daughter died of – you guessed it –preventable medical error. At Johns Hopkins.

As patients, our trust has been violated. As healthcare consumers, we are mislabeled – consumption in this context implies a free market. And the U.S. healthcare system is most assuredly not. (More about that in a forthcoming post.)

This course introduces the basic principles of the science of safety in healthcare. Course content will be relevant to healthcare consumers in the general public as well as members of the healthcare delivery team. The goals for this course are to provide definitions and context of patient safety concepts and terms using a systems approach. While course content and examples will focus on the acute-care healthcare setting, specifically the hospital, learning will be relevant to other healthcare settings such as extended care, outpatient, and home care settings.

Multiple forums of student interaction are available, from discussion rooms to area Meet-Ups.

Dr. Pronovost is the author of Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals, and The Patient Survival Guide: 8 Simple Solutions to Prevent Hospital- and Healthcare-Associated Infections

From the Coursera website:


What resources will I need for this class?

All readings will be provided through the course and will be publicly available.

Will I receive a Statement of Accomplishment for this course?

Students who successfully complete the course with a sufficient grade will receive a signed Statement of Accomplishment.

By the way, you can also become involved in advocating for greater patient safety through several social media outlets, including the ongoing ProPublica investigation: Patient Safety: Exploring Quality of Care in the U.S.  This site offers multiple options for participation depending upon your time and energy resources.

See also Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn groups including Patient Safety Partners, National Association for Healthcare Quality, Healthcare Quality Improvement & Management, National Patient Safety Foundation, and Patient Safety Congress 2013, among others. Google+ is rapidly offering similar venues.


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