Patient Safety

Safety is a top priority at UC San Diego Medical Center. Reducing risk and ensuring safety requires increased attention to details, and our patient safety program focuses on the continuous enhancement of safety for all patients, visitors and employees. We are committed to a “just culture” of safety where employees are encouraged to come forward when they or others make mistakes, allowing us the opportunity to improve the care we deliver and prevent potential errors. Every patient and employee plays a critical role in ensuring patient, visitor and employee safety. As a patient with us, we will ask you to partner in taking important steps to ensuring the quality and safety of your care.

National Patient Safety Goals

UC San Diego Medical Center success is measured by meeting the National Patient Safety Goals defined by the Joint Commission, a national healthcare accreditation organization. The goals are designed to ensure accredited hospitals are affording patients the best care possible. Medication safety measures, following hand hygiene guidelines and preventing patient falls are examples of these goals. Learn more about the NPSG and how UC San Diego Medical Center meets these expectations.