The National Patient Safety Foundation has been pursuing one mission since its founding in 1997—to improve the safety of care provided to patients. As a central voice for patient safety, NPSF is committed to a collaborative, inclusive, multistakeholder approach in all that it does.
From transformative strategic initiatives to tactics, tools, and vital information resources, from the front lines of care to the leadership level, NPSF defines and develops groundbreaking programs designed to accelerate positive change and drive forward the patient safety mission.
The National Patient Safety Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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.