Improving Patient Safety
in Skilled Nursing Facilities
Just like hospital patients, skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients don't expect to suffer harms such as falls, infections, or pressure ulcers. But many do. A federal study indicated that 33 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experience an adverse event during their SNF stays. Of those events, 59 percent were preventable. An interview with Lee Adler, DO, Adventist Health System Senior Advisor for Safety, Quality, and Innovation, describes how this alarming data led to the development of the IHI Skilled Nursing Facility Trigger Tool for Measuring Adverse Events. Dr. Adler is one of the tool’s co-creators and faculty for the IHI Virtual Expedition: SNF Trigger Tool – Measuring Patient Harm in Skilled Nursing Facilities.