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December 1, 2021

Your Patient Safety Plan Guide: Tips to Beat Your 2022 Goals

What’s your facility's patient safety plan for 2022? These initiatives will galvanize your facility’s journey to improved safety and quality of care.

Q4 is wrapping up. As a healthcare executive, 2022 planning is in full effect: from marketing to financial to performance plans and goals, you’re tasked with decisions that are crucial to the success of your organization.

Considering the healthcare industry’s emphasis on quality combined with the ongoing challenges of the COVID pandemic, there’s one more plan that needs your critical eye. What updates will you make to your facility’s patient safety plan?

As you review your hospital’s approach, consider working with a third party: a patient safety organization (PSO). These trusted partners provide valuable feedback and analysis that can help your organization improve quality control.

What is a patient safety organization?

PSOscollect and analyze data voluntarily reported by healthcare providers to help improve patient safety and healthcare quality.” They amplify the focus on learning about and preventing patient safety incidents through their feedback to healthcare providers.

Authorized by the Patient Safety Act in 2005, PSOs work with multiple healthcare organizations and can aggregate data from providers. This gives them the strength in numbers needed to help identify underlying causes of adverse events. Healthcare organizations can also work with PSOs to reduce readmission rates and hospital-acquired infections (HAI).

What is a patient safety plan?

A patient safety plan outlines the approach that a hospital or health system takes to protect patients. Patient safety plan components include:

  • objectives
  • individual and committee designations and responsibilities
  • specific plans of action for identifying, reporting, and preventing medical errors, infections, or other serious safety issues

nurse upholding patient safety plan

Plans also include processes and checklists for sanitization, hygiene, central line insertion, surgical pre-op and post-op, patient identification, and other common practices and procedures that impact patient care.

How are PSOs certified?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is in charge of implementing the Patient Safety Act. It certifies and lists PSOs that comply with the Patient Safety Rule. Currently AHRQ lists 96 PSOs: some serve certain disciplines, while others serve specific states.

How do facilities apply for accreditations?

If you want to advance your organization’s overall quality of care, work with your fellow leaders to apply for a new certification or accreditation. This badge of honor is well worth going through the rigorous process. The process of accreditation can also help improve efficiency and outcomes in each department. Below are three prestigious programs.

Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is a well-known name in the healthcare industry. Its accreditation shows patients and colleagues that your organization is committed to safety and quality. It has outlined national patient safety guidelines for hospitals and healthcare systems and has accredited or certified over 21,000 healthcare organizations and programs since 1951.

Fun fact: that includes CareRev. Our vetting process and business operations are Joint Commission-certified.

Surgical Review Corporation

This nonprofit PSO develops and administers accreditation programs for physicians, clinicians, and facilities. In addition to a Center of Excellence program and various surgeon accreditation programs, the organization offers a Care Specialist accreditation for nurses.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)

This organization offers accreditation and certification programs for the surgical/procedural and primary care ambulatory communities. The organization’s health quality programs remain a benchmark for surgical subspecialties and radiation therapy practices, among others. AAAHC digital toolkits can provide your facility with evidence-based educational information on safe injection practices, quality improvement, and care coordination, among other topics.

CareRev nurse providing safe patient care

How should facilities staff for patient safety?

An appropriate staffing ratio is crucial for ensuring patient safety. Multiple studies have shown that when the ratio of patients per nurse rises, the risk of patient safety events also increases. An increased workload, high stress, and an environment where nurses are burned out often lead to an increase in risk of errors and even patient mortality.

The CareRev platform allows you to augment your team with fully vetted, highly qualified healthcare professionals. With a marketplace of professionals available on demand, you can find the per diem talent you need to cover fluctuations in volume and unexpected absences without the hassle of agencies and the expense of travel contracts.

As you map out your 2022 goals, keep patient safety at the top of the list. Devise (or revise) your patient safety plan, evaluate certifications and accreditations, and use technology to maintain safe staffing ratios.

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