Patient Safety – Ten Leading Strategies
A report published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), highlights 10 key principles for increasing patient safety. The report says improvements have been made in certain areas, such as falls, central line infections, and surgical complications. But it also says we have a long way to go in keeping patients safe.
The 10 strategies that are strongly recommended.
These 10 strategies can greatly improve patient safety and save lives by preventing harmful events such as medication errors, bed sores, and health care-associated infections.
- Preoperative and anesthesia checklists to prevent operative and postoperative events
- Bundles that include checklists to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections
- Interventions to reduce urinary catheter use, including catheter reminders, stop orders, or nurse-initiated removal protocols
- Bundles that include head-of-bed elevation, sedation vacation, oral care with chlorhexidine,and subglottic suctioning endotracheal tubes to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia
- Hand Hygiene
- The do-not-use list for hazardous abbreviations
- Multicomponent interventions to reduce pressure ulcers
- Barrier precautions to prevent healthcare-associated infections
- Use of real-time ultrasonography for central line placement
- Interventions to improve prophylaxis for venous thromboembolisms.
View the full findings on the Infection Control Today (ICT) site.
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