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High 5s Project Results to be Presented at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Added on 20 April 2015 in General News, Recent News

The results from the High 5s Project will be presented this year at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare (IHI/BMJ), held in London, 21-24 April.

The High 5s Project was a World Health Organization (WHO) Patient Safety Initiative overseen by Joint Commission International and primarily funded by the U.S Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The program developed multiple standard operating protocols (SOPs) which were implemented in several countries.

After implementing these SOPs, organizations across the world saw measurable and sustainable increases in patient safety. The Correct-site surgery SOP created 98 percent compliance with complete perioperative verification and time outs, and the rate of surgical-site marking increased from 40 percent to 97 percent. Medication inaccuracies were reduced by 90 percent within the first five months of the Medication Reconciliation SOP in six separate organizations.

View the High 5s project brochure (PDF) for more information, including data, details on SOPs, and participating countries.

Download the sample template (PDF) for planning the implementation of a SOP. 


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