The 2015 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals includes the new "Patient Safety Systems" chapter, a blueprint for leaders that uses existing standards to achieve an integrated approach to patient safety. Apparently, the Joint Commission believes so strongly in this approach that the chapter is being made available online to anyone who wishes to read it.
The Commission indicates that "quality and safety are inextricably linked. Quality in health care is the degree to which its processes and results meet or exceed the needs and desires of the people it serves. Those needs and desires include safety."