Despite the growing emphasis on and sophistication of quality and safety measurements, few measurement systems take into account one of the most important realities of healthcare: All patients are not created equal, even those with the same diagnosis.
As we grapple with how to accommodate the needs of limited English proficient patients, as well as patients who are deaf or hard of hearing, it’s important to consider why prioritizing patient language access is so important and how to do this consistently across a healthcare facility or health system.
Asked to rate their organization’s strategies to deal with staff burnout, just under 40% of respondents to the 2019 Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare Industry Outlook Survey said that their organization is slightly effective at addressing the problem.
Nurses can improve quality and outcomes, enhance an organization’s culture, and build relationships with patients, colleagues, and the community—yet to do so, healthcare leadership needs to see them as more than just a cost center.
First introduced around 2012, the PSH model is a patient-centered, team- and evidence-based effort targeted at improving outcomes and lowering costs. Under the model, the anesthesiologists coordinate closely with nurses, surgeons, and other key players involved in surgical patient care.
The achievements of minimally invasive technology and techniques have been fantastic, and in many ways, we have addressed the above needs. But ask any interventionalist, and you will quickly learn that there are still pain points—limitations—preventing minimally invasive surgery from realizing its full benefits.
In a high-reliability culture, a paradigm exists that simply states that it is not realistic to expect zero human error. Human error is ubiquitous; it is inevitable. As much as we dictate policy and guidelines, as much as we practice and train, humans will commit errors; it is a constant.
The recent study, published in Health Affairs and LDI Research Brief, found clinician visits to hospital-discharged patients at SNFs were strongly associated with readmission and mortality rates.
Featured in this month’s PSQI Online Spotlight: Patient safety coaches explain how to involve patients in their care decisions.
The recent research in the Journal of Hospital Medicine featured data collected from more than 700 delirious patients and nearly 8,000 non-delirious patients. The researchers found delirious patients had increased odds for 30-day readmissions, ED visits, and discharge to postacute care facilities.