Division of Quality
Safety in Healthcare
In November 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a safety
report, "To Err is Human", which estimates that 2.9-3.7% of US
hospitalizations result in adverse events, and 44,000-98,000 hospitalized
patients die annually due to medical errors.
In addition to medical errors
there are other safety considerations that impact staff and individuals
who are delivering and receiving care in healthcare facilities. Those
safety considerations include protections from fires, falls or abuse just
to name a few.
This website is intended to alert providers and consumers in
Wisconsin about safety issues that have occurred in Wisconsin and
nationwide. The ongoing goal of the website is to provide a
gathering place of a range of resources that providers may find helpful in creating a
culture of safety.
All external hyperlinks are provided for your information
and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health
Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the
information provided on externally linked pages.
Websites with Active Safety Announcements or Alerts Sent via Email:
Websites with Comprehensive Patient Safety Resources:
State Based Patient Safety Resource:
Patient Safety/Quality Care Focused Websites:
Other Websites with Patient Care Safety Resources:
Websites for Facility Environment Safety:
November 14, 2013