About Us

WHO WE ARE

The Center for Patient Safety (CPS), established in 2005, is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing preventable harm.

At CPS, our focus is on learning what medical errors occur, why they occur and how to prevent patient harm. We emphasize the importance of culture in promoting safe systems of care.

MISSION

Reducing preventable harm.

VISION

A healthcare environment safe for all patients and providers.

VALUES

  • Patient Safety Culture: The Center focuses on culture, system and process changes.
  • Integrity: Methods and activities employed or promoted by the Center are non-punitive in nature.
  • Excellence: The Center focuses to achieve continuous improvements in patient safety and health care quality.
  • Advocacy:  The Center advocates for implementation of proven patient safety initiatives.

WHO WE SERVE

The Center works with organizations in nearly every state to improve patient safety across the continuum of care – see who!

HOW WE DO IT

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TIMELY, ACCURATE DATA: Your Quality Reporting data is more than simply numbers. It tells a story about your patients, your staff and your organization as a whole. At Primaris, our experienced abstraction team manages collecting and reporting accurate data, so that you can focus on improving quality. We don’t stop there. Our Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) team works with Missouri providers to promote patient-centered care, make care safer and more affordable, and improve population health. Learn about the services we provide focused on quality improvement at www.primaris.org.

EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE. The ultimate goal of quality healthcare is enhancing the quality of life for patients. Primaris Foundation is the trusted resource for helping individuals maximize their access to healthcare and benefits. The Foundation empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare choices through outreach and education programs. Our focus is educating Americans about making good health decisions that maximize the quality of their care while minimizing the impact on their wallets. Learn about these programs at www.primaris.org.

QUALITY. In the transition to value-based care and new payment models, healthcare organizations are refining processes to promote safe, affordable, quality care. Whether you are a rural medical provider, a skilled nursing facility or part of a large health system, the Baldrige Excellence Framework can lead to improved performance in your organization. The Midwest Excellence Institute (MEI) works with organizations to develop effective strategies to help them reach their maximum potential. Learn how MEI can drive you to performance excellence at www.midwestexcellence.org.

HISTORY

BLOG:

Are Paramedics Ignoring Hand Hygiene?:

“Many paramedics ignore hand hygiene rules, study finds” A new study looked at hand hygiene practices of paramedics from Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Australia.  The study was featured in Health Daily

CPS Safety Alert/Watch – LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillators:

BACKGROUND: Stryker Launches Voluntary Field Action for Specific Units of the LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator. Stryker has become aware that certain LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillators were reported to expe

The #1 topic they didn’t teach you in Paramedic School: Culture:

I have been working with the Center for Patient Safety (CPS) for about four months, and I’m learning something new every day.  As a Paramedic, patient safety has always been a high priority, but I didn

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RESOURCES:

The Center for Patient Safety believes that collaboration and sharing are the best ways to drive improvement. We strive to provide the right solutions and resources to improve healthcare safety and quality.