Skip Navigation
The Collection >
National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Patient Safety Measures: A Consensus Report.
Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; June 2012.

Progress in improving patient safety has been hampered by a lack of standardized outcome measurements that are sufficiently rigorous for comparing safety between hospitals. This report from the National Quality Forum endorses six evidence-based measures that are suitable for public reporting and quality improvement efforts. The measures—relevant to specific types of health care–associated infections (including central line–associated bloodstream infections) and radiation exposure from diagnostic imaging—were endorsed after a rigorous evaluation process that, interestingly, found that measures of other well-documented safety problems (such as medication errors) were not reliable enough to be used for comparison across institutions.

Information icon indicating hyperlink to external website
Free full text (PDF) icon indicating hyperlink to external website
white box
Related Resources
HealthGrades Sixth Annual Patient Safety in American Hospitals Study.
Golden, CO: HealthGrades, Inc.; April 2009. 
Hospital Compare.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Improving America's Hospitals: The Joint Commission's Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; September 2012.
View all related resources...
white box
Download: Adobe Reader   email icon Email
tan box
Find Related Resources by...
Resource Type   
Setting of Care  
Target Audience  
Clinical Area  
Error Types  
Approach to Improving Safety  
white box