Changemakers: Stories That Made a Difference
​​​​​​​​Pennsylvania hospitals are required to report patient safety events, but do you know why it’s so important? Event reports can be the first indication of underlying problems, regardless of whether harm occurs. They also can be tools to trigger change facilitywide—or even nationwide.

Click one of the categories below or type keywords into the search field to find stories of event reports that inspired staff to make changes that improved patient care and safety throughout their hospital.

Featured Story
Due to the extreme risks of using high-powered magnets during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), best practices recommend establishing four safety zones around the MRI scanner, with increasing levels of restriction for personnel and screening for metal objects that could cause harm to patients or staff should they enter a strong magnetic field. Over 18 months at one facility, 37 MRI safety events were reported, 59% of which occurred in Zone IV (the highest level, indicating the room where the magnet is located)—and one of which caused harm to a patient.​

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