Institute for Patient Safety receives grant

The Institute for Patient Safety and Medical Simulation, a partnership between Baptist Health and Auburn University, has received a $25,000 grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation.  

The institute is one of 40 organizations in 25 states who received a grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation. The foundation announced that more than $1 million in grant funding was awarded with grants ranged from $7,500 to $37,500.  

The grant awarded to the institute will be used for “The Impact of Error Prevention Technique Testing in a Simulation Laboratory.” The research being done at the institute will study the effects of a series of interventions designed to decrease medication errors. The IPSMS is an ideal setting for this  study because it allows nurses to perform a series of medication passes with the proposed system change in an environment that is similar to their actual work setting, but with no risk of harm to the patient.  

According to Judi Miller, RN, MSN, director of the institute, a 2008 report on the cost of medical errors in the United States by the Society of Actuaries reported that close to $19.5 billion was spent on medical errors. Of these errors, medication errors accounted for $17 billion.  

“This is a clear directive that something has to be done,” Miller said. “We believe that non-clinical skills training using the latest in simulation technology is the key to changing behavior and making a lasting improvement. This grant from Cardinal Health will begin our journey toward safer care for patients everywhere.”