Infection control top finding in sweeping new report
October 31, 2019
Some of the most common deficiency findings by accreditation organizations include problems in the areas of infection control, documentation, safe injection practices, and medication disposal and storage issues.
Ronette Wiley, RN, MHSA, CPPS, vice president of performance improvement at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, offers these examples of safety improvements resulting from the safety huddles implemented in 2015:
Leaders at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY, worried in 2014 that its culture of safety could be improved, particularly the length of time it took to resolve known safety issues. When a review of data revealed a decline in staff reporting actual and near-miss events, the vice president for patient safety and performance improvement called for the development of a safety huddle policy.
The CMS recently proposed new standards intended to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of care in hospitals. Among several initiatives, the rule seeks to reduce overuse of antibiotics and implement comprehensive requirements for infection prevention.
Report recommends total systems approach and culture of safety
January 20, 2016
Fifteen years after the Institute of Medicine brought public attention to the issue of medical errors and adverse events, patient safety concerns remain a serious public health issue that must be tackled with a more pervasive response, according to a report released recently by the National Patient Safety Foundation in Boston.
There are many good reasons for a quality manager to focus on sepsis data collection and quality improvement, but the most important one is that patients — even those who were recently in optimal health — can die from sepsis if it’s not diagnosed early.
Health system quality departments are beginning a transformation from the oversee-everything focus of past years to a more efficient process in which quality managers provide support, while allowing front line leaders to analyze and act on data.