Our mission is to redesigning how seniors get their medical care, establish nation-wide benchmarks for safer hospital discharges and to create Educational Programs specific to training medical students on Patient Safety.
As many as 98,000 Americans die because of medical errors every year, which is more than deaths occurring from highway accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. Every time people visit a doctor, pick up a medication from a pharmacy, or are hospitalized, they are at risk for a medical error.
Seniors are a population at highest risk for medical errors. People over 65 years old routinely have more medical problems, more medications, and subsequently see more health care professionals. Seniors are also at risk due to diminishing memory, poor vision and hearing, and complex support networks.
Our Current Projects
Health literacy and discharge safety for inpatient seniors
Medication at Transitions and Clinical Handoff (MATCH) program
Outpatient medication reconciliation using electronic medical systems
Medical student patient safety courses with a senior focus
First year medical student Geriatric Immersion Program
Seminars for second year medical students on senior negotiations in healthcare
Identifying at risk inpatient seniors for geriatric consultation
Outpatient optimization of electronic medical records for senior benchmarks
Geriatric Nurse Practioner home visits for Gero-Oncology patients
Ultimately, what is accomplished within the Geriatric Patient Safety Initiative will affect every single senior within the American healthcare system.
Every year, the Northwestern Center for Patient Safety (CPS) recognizes two individuals or teams who have made significant achievements in the promotion of patient safety through research or education. You can nominate anyone, including yourself for an award. The winners are chosen by the CPS Executive Committee, which is comprised of staff and faculty at Northwestern University and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Want to nominate a deserving person (or team) for the Northwestern Center for Patient Safety Recognition Award? Please email PatientSafety@northwestern.edu with the following information:
Who Are You Nominating?
Reason for nomination:
The Geriatric Patient Safety Initiative
Find your way to safe senior healthcare
The Geriatric Patient Safety Initiative (GPS) at Northwestern is the first to formally dedicate physicians, researchers, and resources to improve the specifically target the safety of the senior patient. Northwestern University is the first institution with a dedicated geriatric patient safety headquarters. Working in conjunction with geriatricians and patient safety experts at Northwestern, we are leading the way in changing how clinicians improve care to seniors through clinical practices, research, and education.
Northwestern Program for Healthcare Quality
and Safety Innovation
Center for Healthcare Studies
750 North Lakeshore Drive 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611