Vice President lobbies for better patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

January 28, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden visited hospitals in California last weekend to urge hospitals to pay more attention to improving patient safety, according to a report from U.S. News and World Report.

According to the report, Biden told a conference in Irvine, California that hospitals need to focus more on reducing preventable errors and infections and the government must create more economic incentives to improve patient safety.

Biden attended a conference sponsored by the Patient Safety Movement, a patient safety organization, and told a crowd, “up until now, our health care system, in my humble opinion, hasn’t sufficiently linked quality … with safety,” according to the report. “Not enough time has been focused on keeping bad things from happening.”