November / December 2010
Are We Looking Carefully Enough at What is Most Important for Patient Safety?
While most (90%) of the currently available research and literature on patient safety addresses events in hospital settings, most care takes place in ambulatory settings. The trends toward moving the care of many patients, including vulnerable groups, to outpatient and alternative (non-hospital) settings shows no signs of waning, and may increase further as attempts at medical cost containment continue.
Is patient safety a problem in outpatient settings and communities? The answer is a resounding yes. A recent article by Drs. Tejal K. Gandhi and Thomas H. Lee in the New England Journal of Medicine (http://healthpolicyandreform.nejm.org/?p=12527) highlights some of the differences in the types of errors that occur in various settings.
Experts believe that electronic health record implementation will address some quality and safety issues, perhaps reducing outpatient diagnostic errors by improving the availability of needed test results and decreasing medication errors with the addition of decision support for e-prescribing. How EHRs will change patient behaviors, however, with regard to life style and medication adherence or improve provider communication and education remains unclear. For more information, see this Patient Safety Primer from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (ARHQ) at http://psnet.ahrq.gov/primer.aspx?primerID=16.
How has your organization chosen to consider the patient safety implications of care delivered in an outpatient setting? Have you done anything differently because of a concern about ambulatory patient safety? Do you have stories of success or warnings of failure that you could share?
We’re all in this together. Let’s remember that as we move patients from one setting to another, especially when they go home.
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