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The San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Nursing has adopted a newly established patient safety curriculum aimed at reducing preventable deaths in hospitals as part of their commitment to advancing patient safety.

SDSU Nursing has joined a movement to help eliminate preventable errors, incorporating it into the basic education of health care professionals. Medical errors can be life threatening and often cost a hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars that insurers won’t cover.

SDSU is one of the first four organizations in the world to commit to an established patient-safety curriculum that begins in the freshman year and continues through graduate studies. The goal is to have students well-versed in patient safety and medical error prevention concepts before they set foot in a hospital.

The curriculum being implemented at SDSU was developed by an Irvine-based non-profit organization called the Patient Safety Movement Foundation. The foundation estimates more than 200,000 people die every year in US hospitals from causes that include infections, medication errors, and falls. The curriculum addresses issues that span technology, health care systems, teamwork, communication and more, to advance a culture of safety. The curriculum reinforces behaviors and tools specifically aimed at eliminating preventable medical errors.

School of Nursing Director Philip Greiner, who served on the committee that developed the curriculum, tells, “Patient safety is a critical concern. Patients should not die because of things we do.”

To learn more about the newly established patient safety curriculum being implemented in the San Diego State University School of Nursing to reduce preventable deaths in hospitals and advance patient safety, visit here

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