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Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D
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Dr. Peter Pronovost is a world-renowned patient safety champion. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related blood stream infections has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. Dr. Pronovost is an advisor to the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the U.S. Congress on patient safety issues. He is senior vice president of patient safety and quality and director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Entries by Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D

Peer-to-Peer Reviews Help Doctors Give Safer Care

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 12:32 PM

After the 1979 near-meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three-Mile Island in Pennsylvania, the heads of nuclear power companies recognized that the public would not tolerate another accident. The companies would either improve safety or go out of business. Although these companies understood the importance of regulators to identify the...

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Rethinking How We Think About Preventing Patient Harm

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Recently the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute, along with our partners at the World Health Organization, had the privilege of hosting more than 200 clinicians, patient advocates, health care leaders and policy makers for our inaugural Forum on Emerging Topics in Patient Safety in Baltimore.

The event, held Sept....

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A Powerful Idea From the Nuclear Industry

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:47 AM

Where health care has fallen short in significantly improving quality, peers in other high-risk industries have thrived. Perhaps those of us in health care can adapt and learn from their lessons.

For example, we can learn much from the nuclear power industry, which has markedly improved its safety track record...

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Checklists Alone Won't Change Health Care: The Full Story

(2) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Ten years ago at Johns Hopkins, my team began adapting aviation checklists to medicine. In 2006 we published a landmark paper in the New England Journal of Medicine detailing how we used checklists to nearly eliminate infections, not just in one hospital, but throughout the entire state of Michigan. We...

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