American Academy of Pediatrics
Safer Health Care for Kids
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About

The Safer Health Care for Kids program is designed for physicians, allied health professionals, administrators, parents, and caregivers, who share a commitment to ensuring a safe health care environment for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Goals of Website
This website is designed to be a comprehensive Web-based resource center for pediatric safety information and strategies. Its objectives include:

  • Reach a wide audience of individuals involved in providing health care to children.
  • Raise awareness among clinicians and parents/caregivers about the prevalence of medical errors in pediatric care and the availability of information/tools to prevent such errors.
  • Provide information/tools designed to prevent medical errors in pediatric health care settings.
  • Engender dialogue among clinicians and parents/caregivers to exchange information, ideas, and best practices on providing safe health care for children.
  • Promote improvement in the safety of pediatric care by encouraging clinicians to make changes in their health care settings and by mobilizing parents/caregivers to be active participants in their children's health care.

Special Acknowlegements
The American Academy of Pediatrics gratefully acknowledges the ongoing contributions of the Safer Health Care for Kids Project Advisory Committee (PAC):

Marlene R. Miller, MD, MSc, FAAP - Chairperson
Vice President-Quality, National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), Alexandria, Virginia

Karen Frush, MD, FAAP
Chief Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Health System, Durham, North Carolina

Uma Kotagal, MD, MBBS, MSc, FAAP
Vice President for Quality and Transformation, Director of the Center for Health Policy & Clinical Effectiveness, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist, Research and Fellowship Director, Children's Hospital Boston, Inpatient Pediatrics Service; Director, Sleep and Patient Safety Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Boston, Massachusetts

Paul Sharek, MD, MPH, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford School of Medicine; Medical Director of Quality Management, Chief Clinical Patient Safety Officer, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital; Palo Alto, California

Erin R. Stucky, MD, FAAP
Pediatric Hospitalist, Children's Specialists of San Diego, Rady Children's Hospital; Director of GME, Rady Children's Hospital; Clinical Professor, UCSD Department of Pediatrics, Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center, in collaboration with the University of California; San Diego, California

In addition to the PAC, the Safer Health Care for Kids program has benefited from an ongoing collaboration with numerous other organizations committed to pediatric patient safety.


Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence

The Safer Health Care for Kids program is supported by a grant from Physicians Foundation for Health Systems Excellence.