1. Kerfoot, Karlene M. PhD, RN, FAAN, CNAA
  2. Rapala, Kathryn JD, RN
  3. Ebright, Patricia DNS, RN
  4. Rogers, Suzanne M. MSN, RN


Patient safety is a relatively new field, with many opinions and few effectively proven approaches. One factor is clear: optimal patient safety outcomes cannot be achieved in isolation. Although it is well recognized that multidisciplinary collaboration in the healthcare setting is necessary to effect patient safety, collaboration with resources external to healthcare-academia and industry in particular-will not only aid but also quicken the patient safety efforts. The authors outline a healthcare system's use of all available resources to build a patient safety program.