As part of the Danish Safer Hospital Program (Patientsikkert Sygehus), the participating hospitals in Denmark will undertake a series of tested and proven changes to achieve new levels of performance in safety. The recommended safety changes are linked to the following known elements needed to produce a system of safety:
- Care processes that are authenticated by results, scientific knowledge, or obvious benefit;
- Measurement tools that are used to determine results and outcomes;
- Structural components that support action, accountability, and initial and ongoing assessment; and
- Culture and leadership concepts that involve both professional and organisational components, and lead to clinical ownership of the issue.
Over the life of the entire programme, steps will be taken to obtain specific outcomes in the hospitals selected to be part of Danish Safer Hospital Program. The overarching aims for this programme are:
- Reduce hospital mortality by 15 percent
- Reduce adverse events by 30 percent
The Danish Safer Hospital Program is organized into five workstreams:
- Critical Care
- Perioperative Care
- Medicines Management
- General Ward
All clinical interventions found in each workstream collectively contribute to the overall objective, reduction of mortality and harm, and will be implemented simultaneously in the hospitals. The suggested clinical processes are workstream specific as they relate to the hospital organizational unit (eg General Ward), but many processes also cut across several hospital units (eg, medication).