A public-private alliance known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) is noted as having greatly improved aviation safety. A similar alliance among health care stakeholders could reduce medication and device errors and wrong-site surgeries, renowned patient safety expert Peter Pronovost and coauthors say in an article published April 7 on the Health Affairs Web site (subscription required). Pronovost is a professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Pronovost is working with a large range of public and private groups to establish a health care counterpart to CAST, dubbed the Public Private Partnership to Promote Patient Safety, or P5S. Those involved include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Food and Drug Administration, the Joint Commission, and many of the largest health systems in the country. Under a planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pronovost and his colleagues are refining plans for the governance, processes, and finances of P5S for presentation to stakeholders this summer.
Pronovost says P5S is designed to change the way that hospitals attempt to deal with patient safety issues. The Wall Street Journal Health Blog’s discussion of Pronovost’s article is here. Among stakeholders in P5S include the Joint Commission, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Pharmacopeia, the ECRI Institute, insurers, and more than 15 large health systems. Initial planning is underway with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and another grant has been submitted to AHRQ. The planning group is co-chaired by: Jerod Loeb, Ph.D., executive vice president of Quality Measurement and Research, The Joint Commission; Eric Campbell, Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Sara Singer, Ph.D., assistant professor of Health Care Management and Policy, Harvard School of Public Health.
(SOURCE: The Joint Commission Online, April 2009 edition, http://jointcommission.org, April 30, 2009)