The AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (QI) designs tools to improve the quality of healthcare, including patient safety toolkits to provide an overview of evidence-based information, references, and patient assessment tools.
The effectiveness of checklists used to improve patient safety and health outcomes has garnered sufficient attention to warrant the drafting of key legislation, according to the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement.
The use of checklists might assist in reducing the number of errors that occur in the surgical/procedural setting and has been identified as a top patient safety strategy to prevent operative and postoperative events, the Institute says. Checklists have been validated as an effective tool in improving patient safety in ambulatory and inpatient surgery settings, it says.
The toolkits for surgical/procedural care from the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement’s include:
- ambulatory surgery obstructive sleep apnea;
- ambulatory surgery venous thromboembolism;
- ambulatory surgery and preventing falls;
- ambulatory surgery and surgical/procedural checklists;
- emergency drills.
The checklists and other tools can be found online at http://www.aaahc.org/en/institute/Resources. Healthcare organizations also may order 11-by-17 laminated