Surgical Quality and Safety: Current Initiatives and Future Directions

  • Michelle C. Nguyen
  • Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce


More than a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine released a comprehensive report “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” addressing issues related to patient safety and laying out an ambitious national agenda for reducing errors in healthcare and improving patient safety. This groundwork led to the recognition that most medical errors were the result of communication barriers and system failures. Since then, initiatives towards re-designing system processes have made tremendous strides in reducing the number of medical errors and adverse events. This chapter discusses the current topics around patient safety including government initiatives, public reporting, human factors in surgery, surgery checklists, crew resource management, resident duty hours, and physician burnout.


Adverse events Surgical errors Patient safety Quality Quality of care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle C. Nguyen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of General SurgeryThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical CenterColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Division of Thoracic SurgeryThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical CenterColumbusUSA

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