Patient safety ’situation room’ offers rapid solutions to prevent patient harm

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

October 28, 2014

In November 2013, when Richard Shannon, MD, arrived to his newly appointed position as executive vice president of health affairs at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center in Charlottesville, he wasted little time setting a new precedent of patient safety for the health system.

Shannon's vision for UVA Health System to be the "safest place to receive care," led to the patient safety "situation room." The situation room has become a staple at UVA because it strays from the typical adverse event response that often takes days or weeks of sifting through medical records. Instead, administrators go directly to the source, which not only speeds up the reporting method, but creates a rapid, real-time problem-solving process.

This is an excerpt from an article in Patient Safety Monitor Journal.

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