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      Focus on Patient Safety is about Reducing Errors and Saving Lives

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      The Institute for Health Care Improvement says about 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are the result of preventable harm or errors. The World Health Organization estimates 10% of patients receiving hospital care experience adverse events. That brings us to World Patient Safety Day.

      Identifying Safety Problems Is Half the Battle

      World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on September 17 this year as part of an annual campaign by the World Health Organization (WHO) to encourage all healthcare system stakeholders to work together to improve patient safety by eliminating the adverse events that do so much harm to so many patients and providers every year.

      WHO identifies those adverse events as missed and delayed diagnoses, mistakes during treatment, medication errors, delayed reporting of results, miscommunications during transfers and transitions in care, inadequate postoperative care, mistaken identity, health-case-associated infections, and others.

      What can you do to help mitigate those adverse events? The Patient Safety Day's website has a variety of resources for organizations and their leaders. 

      Also, the Joint Commission has published its 2021 National Patient Safety Goals which are outlined across nine settings, and include: Identifying patients correctly, improving communication, medication safety, clinical alarm safety, reduction of healthcare-associated infections, reducing patient falls, preventing pressure ulcers, and reducing the risk for suicide. 

      Think About It: Things that Put Safety First

      The WHO encourages "patient safety thinking" for all healthcare activities. These are identified as:

      • Relationship development with patients: The patient knows their illness best, as they are the one who is experiencing it.
      • Understand the factors in adverse events: Learn the root cause of an issue to prevent future occurrences.
      • Avoid blaming when an adverse event occurs: Open discussion and support lead-to-learning opportunities.
      • Utilize evidence-based care: The application of evidence-based protocols and guidelines helps avoid errors.
      • Patient continuity of care: Understanding the patient's journey throughout their care can help identify opportunities for potential adverse events.
      • Provider self-care: Provider burnout is a significant concern. The ongoing feelings of frustration and fatigue can contribute to adverse events.
      • Acting ethically: Mindfulness of one’s legal and ethical obligations will help guide decision-making and put patients first.

      What You Can Do to Make a Difference

      Patient safety, at its core, is a commitment to continuous learning, process improvement, and effective communication. Consider a few tools to help improve your commitment to patient safety:

      • Ask Me 3 Tool
      • Hand-washing campaigns
      • Medication reconciliation
      • Create or participate in a patient safety committee
      • Understand and address signs of burnout with your staff and yourself.

      Patient safety impacts everyone – we will all be a patient at some point in our lives. Each person in the healthcare industry has the ability to help prevent adverse events and increase safe and positive outcomes for patients.

      InSync EHR: A Step Toward Patient Safety

      ehr emr selection guide by insync healthcare solutionsInSync Healthcare Solutions joins in celebrating World Patient Safety Day and all that it stands for. As an industry leader in mental health EHR software, InSync offers configurable EHR software that maximizes efficiencies while minimizing the symptoms of burnout that sometimes contribute to adverse events.

      For a closer look at how our interoperable, mobile-friendly, and configurable software can streamline workflows in your mental health practice, schedule a demo now with one of our experts. We're happy to answer questions and explain how we can customize our system to meet your particular needs while saving you time and money. 

       

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