In March 2017 the ECRI Institute issued their “Executive Brief 2017” on Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations. Amongst the top 10 patient safety concerns was Inadequate organization systems and processes to improve safety and quality (10). Here the ECRI recommends organisations to be “proactive rather than waiting until a patient is harmed”.
“Numerous studies show a link between error prevention and a culture of safety. Nevertheless, healthcare organizations have been slow to adopt all the necessary features of a high-reliability organization.
Root-cause analyses are vital, but Elizabeth Drozd, MS, MT(ASCP), CPPS, patient safety analyst and consultant, ECRI Institute, also recommends that organizations “be proactive rather than waiting until a patient is harmed.” Proactive strategies can be used to examine processes, identify what can go wrong, and make the process less vulnerable to error before mistakes can occur. Strong preventive strategies, such as standardization and automation, should be explored.
Leaders should support a “just culture” that emphasizes learning rather than blaming. Individual accountability must be balanced with organizational responsibility to design and improve systems to ensure safe care. Finally, all organizations should have an actionable quality and patient safety plan with high-level approval.”
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