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Patient Safety

Patient Safety is a world-wide issue and many organisations have implemented procedures to improve safety in patient care. Accreditation agencies such as JCI have published a list of initiatives that are considered to be the highest risk factors in Patient Safety. These initiatives are now included as part of their required standards when undergoing accreditation. Other organisations, such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Leapfrog, are other options to improve Patient Safety.

The key to achieving Patient Safety lies in intensive training of staff, as well as establishing processes within the organisation which are evidence based and measurable. Based on our experience and statistics from organisations across the globe, we have identified variou Patient Safety Risks that exist, and have developed relevant processes and pathways to address the issues. A few examples are:

  • Patient Identification
  • Patient Falls
  • Improved communication with regards to patient orders and services
  • Safe Medication Use
  • Medical Errors and Sentinel Events
  • Universal Protocol for Surgery
  • Hand Hygiene.

The starting point for a successful Patient Safety program lies within the development of a culture of safety in the organisation. If the organisation's culture is not supportive of efforts to improve Patient Safety, and there is distrust in critical areas such as reporting of events, patient safety improvement efforts are likely to fail. Vivalon Global Health will assist you in establishing a Culture of Safety in your organisation, implement protocols, and develop systems to continually monitor and improve all areas requiring such support.