Health Services/Patient Safety

Vanderbilt University Medical Center consistently stands at the top of national rankings when it comes to patient safety. In 2011, for the 12th consecutive year, the medical center was recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country in a study by Thomson Reuters which evaluates performance in 10 key areas, including patient safety. Vanderbilt University Hospital was also named among the nation’s 65 Leapfrog Top Hospitals for 2011, the only Tennessee hospital that made the list. The Top Hospitals list is based on an annual hospital safety and quality survey.

The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology is particularly proactive when it comes to patient safety and quality improvement, as our specialty covers the complete continuum of patient care – from pre-operative evaluation and intraoperative management, to post-operative care, pain management and beyond.

Our faculty and researchers are actively examining the effects of the introduction of new medical technology on clinical care processes. Specific studies examine human-technology interactions, as well as individual and group performance-shaping factors such as fatigue, workload, divided attention, and novel methods of information presentation. In addition to generating practical benefits in terms of improved clinical care processes, current research addresses fundamental questions about the nature of expertise, interpersonal communication, situation awareness, and decision-making under stress.

Read more about the Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS), directed by Dr. Matthew Weinger.