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Lionheart Publishing Inc.

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Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare

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It is difficult, if not impossible, to define and separate risk management and patient safety roles. Both track and mitigate patient care error and improve processes with the goal of improving patient outcomes. At Aurora Health Care, risk management and patient safety are intertwined throughout the system. In the course of clarifying function, we have attempted to delineate risk management from patient safety, only to conclude that it is difficult to identify where one ends and the other begins. The structure and process that we are developing at Aurora Health Care offer advantages as well as challenges, but the organizational commitment to putting the patient at the center of care provides clear guidance and direction.


Published version. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, September-October 2009. Publisher link. © 2009 Lionheart Publishing, Inc. Used with permission.

Kathryn Gardner Rapala was affiliated with Aurora Health Care at the time of publication.

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