Patient Safety Monitor Journal answers your most important patient safety questions and offers field-tested compliance strategies to ensure your patient safety efforts measure up to The Joint Commission.
Preparing for the Joint Commission's deadline for alarm safety
Editor’s note: NPSG.06.01.01 was approved by The Joint Commission in June 2013 as a new 2014 National Patient Safety Goal. The final standard includes two phases: Phase I, beginning January 2014, requires hospital leaders to establish alarm system safety as a hospital priority by July 1, 2014. Phase II, which will not begin until January 1, 2016, requires hospitals to educate staff on how to properly operate alarm systems.In an effort to help hospitals understand the requirements of Phase I, Patient Safety Monitor Journal spoke with Rikin Shah, senior associate in the Applied Solution Group at ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, Penn., about what hospitals need to do to comply with The Joint Commission’s requirements by July 1.
Pharmacist-led medication reconciliation initiatives can reduce errors, improve care
When it comes to medication reconciliation (also known as “med rec”), accuracy is everything. Having an effective process in place ensures each patient’s medication is accurately recorded and avoids inconsistencies or potential errors throughout each transition of care.Although this process is often targeted toward a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, at least one study makes a case for pharmacist-led interventions.
Study shows sepsis bundle reduces mortality in the ED
In 2011, some of the hospitals within Adventist Health System (AHS), headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Fla., embarked on mortality reviews for patients in their EDs—and didn’t like what they saw.
Improving patient handoffs with a structured system
Improving patient handoffs has long been on the radar of hospitals and health systems. As healthcare has become more specialized, handoffs occur more frequently and carry even greater importance. Ineffective handoffs can have serious implications on patient care and safety.Now, recent studies have drawn more attention to the process of patient handoffs and the importance of having a structured method in place.
The 'Wild West' of patient safety measures and public reporting
Look at any hospital ranking system and you’ll see the same headlines: “Best hospitals in the U.S.,” or “Top-ranked hospitals in the country.” Although these are attention grabbing for consumers, what metrics really define the word “best”?
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