By Sarah Lisovich
While there’s been significant improvement in overall patient safety in the in-patient hospital setting, there’s still much work to be done. According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, though many interventions have proven effective, many more have been ineffective, and some promising interventions have important questions still unresolved. The health care system continues to operate with a low degree of reliability, meaning that patients frequently experience harms that could have been prevented or mitigated.
Here are seven ways your hospital can better improve your patient safety.
1. Fall Prevention
95% of hip fractures are the result of a fall, which can even end in traumatic brain injuries. Estimates show that over one million patients are predicted to fall in hospitals alone across the North America. Fall prevention is not only dangerous but costly to healthcare providers too. Initiatives such as the “Healthy People 2010” program created by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the “Healthy People 2020” campaign encourage patient awareness about how patients may prevent falls, their rights, and your responsibilities when it comes to falls. Fall prevention education is an important first step but there is also available equipment to aid in security. Hospitals and care centers can equip their facilities with handrails, fall monitors, and adequate lighting and signage for optimal security. [Read more…]