Hospitals' Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate

The systems by which the nation's hospitals detect and quantify patient harm within their facilities can be summarized by the Tower of Babel cliché: It seems that everyone uses a different definition of what is a reportable adverse event.

1 comments on "Hospitals' Adverse Event Reporting Systems Inadequate"
Cynthia Jones, COHQ (7/26/2012 at 2:47 PM)

Regardless of a national standard and nomenclature - hospitals have the responsibility to First-do no harm. With that, humans make errors, and we are human. Health systems must facilitate a culture of safety to first - idenitfy, report and address actual harm with prevenatative strategies and system improvements. That is still a huge gap even in the "best centers". From that- organizations begin to learn to identify weaknesses in processes and do proactive strategies based on Near Misses... It's every healthcare members responsibility... It's about building and establishing fundamentals of safe care: Communication, Validation, and thorough assessment that utilze the bedside experts in care-who know processes and their variables - to build better care. It's not the Board, or The CEO, or The Managers, or The Staff. It's AND -all working for the same cause. It's culture. It's fundamental. It can be done.


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