Developing and Testing a Set of Measures to Assess Safety in High-Risk Intensive Care Units


Despite progress in measuring the safety of health care delivery, health executives, clinicians, managers, and policymakers still lack valid outcome indicators to benchmark safety across institutions or regions and to track whether safety is improving over time. This project will build on an earlier Commonwealth Fund grant that identified the most frequent and severe medical complications in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), where the risk of medical error is particularly high. The investigative team will develop specifications for a set of ICU safety indicators, validate the indicators, and test them in two hospitals. The new ICU measures will be of great value to organizations concerned with patient safety, like the National Quality Forum, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Joint Commission, and could be used to assess progress in safety improvement nationwide.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator:
Elizabeth Martinez, M.D., M.H.S.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 13, 2010
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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