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15 Years of Patient Safety Progress

In early 2001, 18-month-old Josie King was admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital for second-degree burns from a bathtub accident. The first few days were rough, but over time, Josie healed and began to act like her old self. Then, her condition deteriorated. She died at the hospital from what was ultimately identified as sepsis, a bloodstream infection that threatens the lives of patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

Leaders from across Johns Hopkins Medicine came together to build a culture that would better ensure the safety of our patients. In the 15 years since those events, the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has pioneered a culture of accountability and patient safety advances.


No Room for Error | Patient Safety PSA

Fifteen years ago, a “moral moment” transformed patient safety at Johns Hopkins Medicine and around the world. Since then, Johns Hopkins has systemically eradicated errors by changing procedures, equipment, even the culture within units. The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality leads these efforts and trains a new generation of patient safety innovators. Clinicians receive emotional support after adverse patient events. Family members are encouraged to assist with care and speak up if something doesn’t look right.

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