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Steps to Avoid Harm

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has identified and endorsed several evidence-based practices to reduce and prevent patient harm. Hospitals report on their implementation of five NQF Safe Practices:

  1. Safe Practice 1: Culture of Safety Leadership Structures and Systems
  2. Safe Practice 2: Culture Measurement, Feedback, and Intervention
  3. Safe Practice 4: Risks and Hazards
  4. Safe Practice 9: Nursing Workforce
  5. Safe Practice 19: Hand Hygiene


Time Period Covered

  • 2019

Patients Included in the Measure

  • Inpatients (Patients who are admitted to the hospital for at least one overnight stay)

  • Outpatients (Patients who are admitted and discharged on the same day)

  • Adults and Children