Going Beyond CMS & TJC Minimum Safety Standards: The Patient Safety Assessment

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Patient Safety Assessment

What is a Patient Safety Assessment? It analyzes your current patient safety practices and processes to determine how effectively they prevent human errors and detect and correct system vulnerabilities and weaknesses that can lead to events of harm and adverse outcomes…(Read More)

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which is intended to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public, starts next week, Sunday March 12th – Saturday, March 18th. The National Patient Safety Foundation’s goal is to bring together and engage health care professionals and patients to help spread this important message. Patient Safety Awareness…(Read More)

How Quality Relates to Patient Safety By and large, reasonable people agree that patients should not be harmed by the healthcare they receive. After that, things get a bit murky – and a lot more complicated. At its simplest, patient safety is freedom from healthcare associated, preventable harm. To maintain or improve patient safety, error…(Read More)

Quality of care is defined as “doing the right thing (getting the healthcare services needed), at the right time (when they are need it), in the right way (using the appropriate test or procedure), to achieve the best possible results,” meaning it is not an ethical problem, but it may be a moral one…(Read More)

A patient has bedsores. You dress the sore, administer medicine, and the bedsores get better… until it reaches a certain point and then it goes into what’s called stasis, That means the wound does not get better, does not get worse, it just stays the same. The problem is that Medicare regulations forbid you…(Read More)

Emergency departments across the nation have been challenged by rising volumes. ED crowding is exacerbated by the increase in the number of patients with mental disorders, substance abuse problems or both, who present with acute problems. Besides the mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug disorders and intent to…(Read More)

Emergency Room (ER) diversions continue to be an issue in the news. Diversions are when ambulances are sent to another ER because the nearest ER is too busy and does not believe they can safely provide care. What’s the cure for ER diversions? It’s not what you think…(Read More)