Media Coverage of Swedish Quality and Safety Efforts

Because they affect all of our lives, quality and patient safety issues are often covered by local and national media. See the links on this page for stories that include statements from Swedish about what we are doing to improve quality and patient safety.

Issue: Patient falls

In this broadcast about preventing patients from falling and injuring themselves while in the hospital, June Altaras, chief nursing officer at Swedish, discusses an innovative way Swedish is reducing patient falls.  Click here for the story

Issue: Retained foreign objects

John Vassall, M.D., chief medical officer at Swedish, describes what a retained foreign object is and why it is called a "never event," in this broadcast.  Click here for the story


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