One year later

Originally posted 5-6-2011:
I made the realization that today is the 1 year anniversary of my starting this blog. I have to admit I was surprised at this realization, since I had no idea if this blog was going to go anywhere when I started it.  I have wondered if anyone was actually reading it; if there was anyone out there learning anything from this.  I was shocked to learn the blog has had nearly 10,000 views in the last year, and over 1000 in the last month alone.  Apparently, I have a bigger audience than I ever imagined.  I want to thank everyone who has been reading, and I hope you continue to come back and learn more about how we can improve the quality and safety of patient care.

There is still much work to be done to improve Patient Safety, but I can tell I am not the only one that has made the realization.  Over the last year, I have seen the issues getting talked about much more seriously. There is evidence that action is being taken to improve patient outcomes. And recently the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs initiative was launched by the government to reduce the amount of hospital associated injuries and reduce the amount of complications during patient recovery.   You can watch a nice summary of what the program is about here. It is a great sign to see that efforts to reduce patient harm in healthcare is being taken seriously at all levels.

The science of improving Patient Safety has a lot of momentum. I hope all of the readers of this blog continue to stay aware of the issues and take their own steps to making healthcare safer for patients.  I am very curious to see where we at another year from now.