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Vol. 1 No. 2 (2019): Patient Safety — December 2019
Baby boy Jenson with his blanket and pacifier

We are proud to announce the publication of the second issue of our journal, Patient Safety. You can read it now at no charge at or download a PDF.

Each issue of Patient Safety delivers high-quality content, including evidence-based research articles and advanced analytics; interviews with leaders in their fields; editorials to spark discussion on hot-button topics, and inspiring patient commentaries—such as our cover story by Kristin Aaron, who shares how her son’s tragic healthcare journey has transformed patient safety.

Other highlights in the December issue include an interview with Kathleen Noonan, CEO of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, about meeting the complex needs of an at-risk population; a data analysis on events related to telemetry monitoring; a research article about an initiative that used trigger tools to decrease adverse drug events; a look at suicide prevention strategies; and much more!

Thank you to the many contributing authors, peer reviewers, Patient Safety Authority staff, and editorial board members who help make Patient Safety possible. If you would like to see your work in Patient Safety, please consider submitting your original manuscripts to us. The journal is fully open access: There are no subscription fees or author fees. And if you would like to become a peer reviewer for Patient Safety, please let us know!

You can also be a part of Patient Safety by sharing it with your friends, family, colleagues, students, and patients! Together we save lives.

Published: 2019-12-17

Letter From the Editor

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Welcome to Patient Safety!

As the journal of the Patient Safety Authority, an independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania committed to the vision of “safe healthcare for all patients,” we publish open access, peer-reviewed articles highlighting original research, advanced analytics, and hot topics in healthcare.

Patients are at the heart of everything we do at the Authority. Recognizing and sharing patient experiences helps guide our efforts and inspire change, and we seek to engage patients in our work whenever possible. Patients provide their perspective in this journal not only as contributors, with a patient or family commentary in every issue, but also as members of the editorial board and trusted advisors.

With the best interest of patients always top of mind, the mission of this publication is to give clinicians, administrators, and patients the information they need to prevent harm and improve safety—including evidence-based, original research; editorials addressing current and sometimes controversial issues; and analysis of data from one of the world’s largest adverse event reporting databases. Patient Safety complies with the Patients Included™ journal charter, which requires at least two patient members on the editorial board; regular publication of editorials, reviews, or research articles authored by patients; and peer review by patients.

We invite you to submit manuscripts that align with our mission. We’re particularly looking for well-written original research articles, reviews, commentaries, case studies, data analyses, quality improvement studies, or other manuscripts that will advance patient safety.

Together we can save lives.