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Creating a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm

About Us

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm. NPSF is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Our Definitions

Patient Safety: The prevention of health care errors, and the elimination or mitigation of patient injury caused by health care errors.

Health Care Error: An unintended health care outcome caused by a defect in the delivery of care to a patient. Health care errors may be errors of commission (doing the wrong thing), omission (not doing the right thing), or execution (doing the right thing incorrectly). Errors may be made by any member of the health care team in any health care setting.

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