National Quality Forum 30 safe practices: priority and progress in Iowa hospitals

Am J Med Qual. Mar-Apr 2006;21(2):101-8. doi: 10.1177/1062860605284523.


The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released a list of "30 Safe Practices" that were identified as relevant for all hospitals. The purpose of the present analysis was to assess hospitals' perceptions of each of the NQF 30 Safe Practices in terms of priority and progress. One hundred of Iowa's hospitals (86%) completed a survey. The highest progress ratings were for items involving hand washing, unit-dose medication dispensing, influenza vaccinations, implementing protocols to prevent wrong-site procedures, and standardized methods for labeling and storing medications. The lowest progress ratings were for intensive care units staffed by intensivists and implementing a computerized provider order entry system. Overall, safe practices that have been recommended for some time had higher priority and progress ratings. Most safe practices were equally endorsed by large and small hospitals, suggesting that the NQF goal of identifying safe hospital practices may be attainable for most of the safe practices.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Hospital Administration*
  • Iowa
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Safety Management