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RUNNING HEAD: Quality Topic Research SummaryQuality Topic Research Summary: Patient SafetyUniversity of Maryland University CollegeHMGT 420 - Healthcare Facilities Management Prof. Tonya PowellApril 2018 Student NameDarleen MadereQuality TopicPatient Safety
Patient Safety 2Topic DescriptionPatient safety is defined as, “the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of healthcare or as the prevention of errors and adverse events caused by the provision of healthcare rather than the patient’s underlying disease process” (Kangasniemi, Vaismoradi, Jasper, & Turunen, 2013).WHO describe Patient Safety as the fundamental principle of health care. It helps doctors, nurses and all other health care professionalspractice safer and better medicine. Patient safety is an essential element of an effective, efficient health care system where quality prevails. Patient safety is the coordinated efforts to prevent harm to patients, caused by the process of health care itself (WHO, n.d.).The Department of Health and Human Services, 2008, defined a patient safety event as an incident, which takes place during providing a health care service. It causes or may have caused a harmful outcome to the patient. It includes errors of not doing (omission) or errors of doing (commission), it also includes faults and mistakes of the patient care processes (involving drugs and equipment's) or the environment where these processes are carriedout (HHS, 2017).