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Your DoD Patient Safety Program (PSP) is a complete program with the goal of creating a culture of patient safety and quality within the Military Health System (MHS). We encourage a systems approach to creating a safer patient environment; engaging MHS leadership; promoting collaboration across all three services; and fostering trust, transparency,  teamwork, and communication.

Our Mission is to promote a culture of safety to end preventable patient harm by engaging, educating and equipping patient-care teams to put evidence-based safe practices in place across the organization.

Our Vision is to support the military mission by building organizational commitment and capacity to implement and sustain a culture of safety to protect the health of the patients in our care.

We support the military mission by encouraging a culture of safety to protect the health of patients in our care.

  • Leadership Engagement: Leaders are the champions of change. We offer solutions to engage, educate and equip the entire patient care team to be champions for patient safety and institutionalize evidenced-based safe practices.
  • Teamwork and Awareness: Sharing information is the key to ensuring all DoD patient care teams have one vision for patient safety. We offer solutions that help teams continuously learn and develop skills to reduce risk and provide high quality care to patients.
  • Alignment and Partnership: To reach a systems approach to improving patient safety, we partner and collaborate with leaders in patient safety that align with our mission including the MHS Quadruple Aim, the Partnership for Patients and the National Quality Forum’s Safe Practices.

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Related Reference Center Materials

Patient Safety Order Materials FAQs

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This DoD Patient Safety Program document outlines the frequently asked questions in reference to ordering patient safety materials from the Patient Safety portion of the website. The document includes vital contact information for assistance and account registration information.

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Military Hospitals Recognized During AMSUS Quality and Patient Safety Awards


Awards recognize innovation and commitment to the development of systems and processes that are tightly organized around the needs of the patient.

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Debriefs Toolkit – An Overview

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A debrief is a team event aimed at reducing medical error by getting everyone on the team together in order to briefly discuss a procedure or event after it occurs. The goal is to identify what was done correctly, as well as areas in need of improvement. To ensure effectiveness, debriefs are conducted in a safe, non-threatening manner that frames mistakes as learning opportunities instead of failures.

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Engaging your Patients through Patient Activation

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When it comes to patient safety, patient involvement is absolutely critical. By empowering patients to be partners in their care and acknowledging the fact that each patient is a unique individual with specific needs, patient safety professionals are able to greatly improve the overall patient experience. In fact, the role patients play in their care is so important that patient safety professionals are called to not only encourage patient engagement but to also help patients transition towards activation.

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Feature: DoD Patient Safety Program Resources at your Fingertips

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Every patient safety professional in the Military Health System is armed with critical knowledge and characterized by a commitment to their patients and a desire to always provide the highest quality of care to their patients. The DoD Patient Safety Program embraces and supports such level of dedication by offering a number of resources, tools and educational sessions to assist you – the MHS patient safety professional – in your role as a leader, team member and health care provider.

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