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.
Survey: Nurses believe quality programs ineffective
There is a whole field of medicine related to keeping patients safe in hospitals, and many of these professionals' daily jobs involve making sure patients are helped, not harmed, while receiving hospital care.
Stop administering contaminated medications ASAP
In just about every hospital, there is at least one person devoted to keeping patients safe from medication errors every step of the way: storing and labeling look-alike/sound-alike drugs properly, ensuring nurses hand off patients with a chance to ask questions, teaching the technique of tracing IV lines, and flagging do-not-use abbreviations, all to ensure each patient gets the correct medication.
Hiring a pilot to guide a new procedure's safety protocol
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure replaces a patient's diseased aortic valve through a delivery device introduced in the groin. The procedure is often used for patients too sick or weak for traditional open-heart surgery. However, TAVR is fairly new and patients undergoing the procedure often have multiple comorbidities. In addition, the procedure requires an initial team of about 25 professionals who represent several different clinical disciplines.
The PSMJ Staff Trainer
Test staff members' knowledge of healthcare-associated infections with the following questions. Answers are on p. 12.
Editor's note: "Culture club" is a new Patient Safety Monitor Journal feature that focuses on how combining safety efforts creates a more effective overall culture of safety. This month, we take a look at how peer review can influence your culture of safety.
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