On-demand: Proactive Risk Assessments – Catch’em if you can!

Program date/time: Tuesday, November 19th at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT

In Healthcare, the Problem Identification & Resolution processes spend much of its time working to reactively deal with problems that jump up and bite us and then mitigate those risks.  Ideally, we would like to shift the balance to more proactive identification of safety and patient risks and catch problems before they cause harm.

But in reality, we all are constantly being pulled away from assessing future risks to deal with today’s problems. We work hard at our error reduction programs, data indicators, fall programs, medication safety programs etc., but are we really getting the most value from these efforts to proactively assess risks? Rather than thinking about Risk Assessment as a separate activity, what can we do to leverage our existing work to help us be more proactive in assessment of Risks?

This session will look at the three key parts of an effective Healthcare Risk Assessment program including:

  • Finding and Identifying Risks
  • Prioritizing the risks, and
  • Developing effective mitigations

The goal of the program is to look at the work we are already doing such as our rounds, data, cause analyses, improvement teams and identify how we can begin to re-focus them to be more pro-active in their identification of risks.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand that balancing our efforts between reacting to problems and proactively identifying future risks is an ongoing effort.
  2. Describe the three key activities in an effective risk assessment process.
  3. Understand how we can approach our existing data and cause analysis to proactively identify additional future risks in addition to our familiar FMEAs etc.
  4. Be able to assess future risks and prioritize them so we use our limited resources more effectively.
  5. Understand the role of Risk Assessment in our change management process.


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