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2013 National Patient Safety Goals. Identity patients correctly Use at least two ways to identify patients – at PSMH, it is the patient’s name and date of birth This is done to make sure that each patient gets the medicine and treatment meant for them Improve staff communication

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2013 national patient safety goals

2013 National Patient Safety Goals


2012 national patient safety goals set forth by the joint commission

Identity patients correctly

Use at least two ways to identify patients – at PSMH, it is the patient’s name and date of birth

This is done to make sure that each patient gets the medicine and treatment meant for them

Improve staff communication

Ensure rapid communication of important test results to the appropriate caregiver for action – critical values

When patient moves from one level of care to the other, provide communication

Use a standardized approach to ‘hand off’ communications, including an opportunity to ask and respond to questions

Hall Pass; GPP; ED communication tool; Family Birthing Center communication tool

2012 National Patient Safety Goals – set forth by The Joint Commission


Hand off communication process nurse to nurse nurse to physician

I – introduce yourself

S - situation

B - background

A - assessment

R - recommendations

Q - questions

Hand-off Communication ProcessNurse to Nurse Nurse to Physician


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Use medications safely

List of look-alike, sound-alike(LASA) medications – review and update annually

Label all medicines that are not already labeled – i.e., medicines in syringes, cups, and basins

Patients receiving anticoagulation medicines (heparin, warfarin, Lovenox) must have appropriate ongoing monitoring

Order sets should be used

Record and pass along correct information about patient’s medicines

Prevent infection

Use safe hand hygiene principles – wash hands often and/or use alcohol-based hand gels

Use proven guidelines to prevent infections that are difficult to treat – i.e., bloodstream infections

Multi-drug resistant organism infections

Central line associated blood stream infection

Use safe practices to prevent surgical site infections

Use proven guidelines to prevent infections from urinary tract caused by catheters

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Prevent patients from falling

Assess every patient for risk of falling – i.e., is the patient receiving medications that would put him/her at risk to fall – dizziness, weakness, sleepiness? Take action to prevent falls.

All patients who are at risk for falling should have an YELLOW armband on and an “YELLOW Eye Watch” card inside/outside room

All students and instructors will have competency on the use of lift equipment for safe patient transfer

Encourgage patients’ active involvement in their own care as a patient safety strategy

Define and communicate the means for patients and their families to report concerns about safety and encourage them to do so

Help Us, Help You

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Identify patient safety risks

Conduct assessments upon entry into the organization, to identify patients at risk for suicide

Prevent errors in surgery – Universal Protocol

Pre-verification process before surgery begins

Surgeon or proceduralist marks the part/site of the body where the surgery will be done – patient must be involved in the process. Process will occur whether in the Operating Room or at the bedside.

Time out is performed immediately prior to the start of surgery or procedure

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