The Importance Of Patient Safety

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In 1990, the patient safety movement recognized the area of improvement. However, medical errors is still today a sensitive topic for healthcare professionals that rely on healthcare, which makes it the issue difficult to resolve (Bryant et al, 2012). Recently those concerned have openly addressed the topic and there is still a gap between the care that is delivered and that should be delivered. In 1997, a large study was completed that indicated in the United States over 98,000 American die each year due to medical errors. According to Bryant et al (2012), a medical error is considered a failure of a planned action to be completed as intended and the use of a wrong plan to achieve an aim. However, a medical error is different from an adverse event. An adverse event is additional harm that results in medical mismanagement than an underlying disease; but when there is an error in adverse event, it is considered a preventable adverse event (Bryant et al, 2012). This is considered inadequate patient safety. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) was established in 1997 that defined patient safety as the avoidance, prevention and amelioration of adverse outcomes (Bryant et al, 2012). Patient safety was an explicit concern when the six aims was proposed according to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1999…show more content…
The Quality Improvement Plans (QIP) is one way the act is helping hospitals meet public expectations regarding quality, patient safety and accountability (SMGH, 2015). St. Mary’s QIP is focused on creating a positive patient experience and delivering high quality health care (SMGH, 2015). According to the QIP for 2015-2016, the observed areas of quality improvement is care and service received in the emergency department, overall care in the hospital, and recommendations to others to receive care from the hospital, wait times, and medication reconciliation during admission (SMGH,
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