5 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Promote Patient Safety


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Patients and healthcare professionals can work together to improve patient safety to ensure a higher quality of care, reduce medical errors, and refocus on supporting good health and well-being.

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5 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Promote Patient Safety

  1. 1. Healthcare Organizations Can Promote 5 WAYS Patient Safety Safe and Sound
  2. 2. The Patient Safety Movement Patient safety describes a general system that prevents harm to patients by: Let’s take a look at some ways you can foster patient safety in your organization and the greater healthcare industry. Establishing a culture that promotes safety for health care professionals, organizations, and patients Eliminating errors Learning from errors that occur
  3. 3. Maintenance is integral to the accuracy, efficiency, and longevity of your equipment. Equipment should be calibrated and tested at least once a year. Calibration requires a certified engineer. Engineers have access to specialized testing equipment and knowledge about national calibration standards. Prioritize equipment calibration, testing, and maintenance. When the process is over you are provided with a calibration report and documentation showing the results. 000.00 000.00 5525.00
  4. 4. Surveys give you an opportunity to measure safety performance, determine strengths, and identify areas to improve. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides free surveys for: Medical offices Hospitals Surveys take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Pharmacies Gauge your organization’s safety culture. Surveys should be administered once every 6 to 16 months Nursing Homes
  5. 5. PSOs provide a safe, confidential space for healthcare providers to report information, known as patient safety work product. Patient safety organizations can then use this data to perform an aggregate analysis to identify trending issues and solutions. Patient safety organizations were established with the passing of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act in 2005. Work with a patient safety organization. PSO
  6. 6. Patient safety organizations offer eight general patient safety activities. Implementing efforts and initiatives that improve patient safety and the delivery of health care Developing and disseminating recommendations, protocols, and other information that could support better practices Collecting and analyzing patient safety work product Providing feedback and fostering a positive safety culture Implementing and providing feedback for patient safety evaluation systems Training and hiring qualified staff Improving confidentiality by updating procedures Implementing security measures
  7. 7. Encourage your patients to get involved. The Speak Up program, established by the Joint Commission, is an initiative that encourages patients to play a more active role in their health care. You can find brochures, videos, posters, and other materials for free at jointcommission.org. Materials can be reprinted and are available in English and Spanish.
  8. 8. The Speak Up program encourages patients to: Speak up about questions and concerns. Pay attention. Educate themselves. Ask a friend or family member to become an advocate. Participate in all treatment decisions. Use a hospital, clinic, or organization that has been professionally evaluated. Know their medicines. ?
  9. 9. Support your staff. Improve communication and efficiency by building teamwork within your staff. Reduce hospital shifts to under 16 consecutive hours. Eliminate distractions, especially during critical times, like shift changes. Create zones of silence around medication preparation carts and areas where concentration is essential. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers free training materials at AHRQ.gov.
  10. 10. Patients and healthcare professionals can work together to improve patient safety to ensure a higher quality of care, reduce medical errors, and refocus on supporting good health and well-being.
  11. 11. Visit AKW Medical for calibration and testing services in San Diego from certified engineers as well as reliable medical equipment. | akwmedical.com Resources: http://www.npsf.org/events-forums/patient-safety-awareness-week/ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2681/ http://www.helixindia.com/image/calibrate.pdf http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/index.html http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patientsafetyculture/pscfaq.html http://www.pso.ahrq.gov/ http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/Facts_Speak_Up.pdf https://www.premierinc.com/safety/safety-share/05-07-downloads/03-ahrq-10-tips.pdf