What is CAPSAC?
CAPSAC is a group of more than 60 of the state’s leading public and private health care stakeholders. We came together to improve patient safety and increase reporting of near misses and medical errors through promoting the principles of a fair and just culture across the continuum of health care in California. In a fair and just culture, providers and patients feel safe and supported when reporting medical errors and near misses, or simply voicing concerns about patient safety.
CAPSAC in 2014—Commitment to Improving Patient Safety
CAPSAC wants to change the current culture of blame and punishment to one of trust and accountability. It’s purpose is three-fold.
- Provide opportunities for health care organizations to share best practices; and establish a mechanism for shared learning across organizations to minimize the same errors from occurring again.
- Educate regulatory agencies, legislators, consumers, healthcare providers, purchasers of healthcare, and the media.
- Serve as a resource to the Department of Public Health, the Center for Healthcare Quality, patient safety institutions, and professional licensing boards.
CAPSAC membership met in July 2014 and confirmed that we could further the goal of improving patient safety through a collaborative partnership with the University of Wisconsin, School of Industrial Engineering System Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety. In addition, the membership agreed to design a collaborative learning experience in the greater Sacramento area to develop the tools to spread key concepts to improve the safety of medication administration/management.