Patient Safety

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In the Spotlight

All-Cause Harm Patient Safety Measure
This new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety builds on previous work in which the authors developed a single hospital-level measure of healthcare-associated harm derived from trigger-based analysis of electronic health record data. The new study shows that the previously developed measure is strongly correlated with key safety indicators related to patient safety culture, employee engagement, and patient experience.

The Cost of Unnecessary Medical Care
Unnecessary medical care is not only a cost issue, but also a safety issue. This NPR blog features an analysis from the Washington Health Alliance about unnecessary medical care in that state in one year, finding that more than 600,000 patients had a treatment they didn't need at an estimated cost of $282 million.

Using the Trigger Tool Methodology to Identify Adverse Events in Home Health Care
Home health care safety is an area of increasing importance as growing numbers of patients are receiving care outside of inpatient settings. This study published in BMJ Open describes the frequency and characteristics of adverse events (AEs) in home health care patients, based on a Trigger Tool review of 600 patient records in Sweden. Results showed that AEs were common and most were likely preventable.

Improve the Specialty Referral Process, Improve Safety
In this blog post, IHI’s Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, Dr. Tejal Gandhi, discusses the importance of a closed-loop referral process to improve patient safety and some resources to help providers ensure more reliability for referrals to specialists.   

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