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 Division of Quality Assurance
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:

Last Revised:  November 14, 2013