Keeping patients safe: Institute of Medicine looks at transforming nurses' work environment

Qual Lett Healthc Lead. 2004 Jan;16(1):9-11, 1.


In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, which brought to the public's attention the serious--and sometimes deadly--dangers posed by medical errors occurring in healthcare organizations. Exactly 4 years later, an IOM committee released a new report that focuses on the need to reinforce patient safety defenses in the nurses' working environments.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, U.S., Health and Medicine Division
  • Nursing Service, Hospital / standards*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Safety Management*
  • United States
  • Workplace / standards*