The answer? Absolutely.
In fact, two organizations – the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) – have provided definitive patient safety strategies in the last five years.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
In a special supplement to the March 4, 2013, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, author Paul G. Shekelle, MD, PhD, and several of his colleagues, presented a list of 10 strategies that could dramatically enhance patient safety and reduce preventable patient harm by reducing medication errors, healthcare-associated infections, and bed sores. This top 10 list was the result of four years of evidence-based assessments into 79 patient safety strategies that were initially identified in the 2001 AHRQ report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices.
Healthcare leaders have hailed the list of 10 as not only effective and important, but also critical to the reduction of medical errors.
AHRQ's Top 10 Patient Safety Strategies
Deepening the Connection Between Workforce Safety and Patient Safety
The link between employee and patient safety is an issue that the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) has been calling attention to since 2013. In NPSF's Lucian Leape Institute Report, "Through the Eyes of the Workforce: Creating Joy, Meaning, and Safer Health Care," it was asserted that the most fundamental precondition to patient safety is workforce safety. If your healthcare workers are at risk, then your patients are at risk, too. It’s as simple as that.
To deepen the connect between workforce safety and patient safety, the NPSF suggests the following seven strategies:
How Datix Can Help
The NPSF’s seven strategies are aligned with the Datix toolkit of Capture, Evaluate, Strategy, Implement, and Assess. Through this toolkit, which is embedded in our patient safety and risk management software applications, we help healthcare organizations become learning organizations. Through easy data capture and robust analytical tools, our software not only shows where improvements can be made, but also helps you identify underlying causes and recommend changes to overcome them.
Combining the 17 strategies listed above with Datix software is a powerful one-two punch for reducing preventable patient harm.