Medical errors | ethical nursing | Florida National University
1. Improve the accuracy of patient identification – ensuring that patients are correctly identified (by name, birth date and gender) when receiving medications, treatments or tests.
2. Enhance communication among care team members – noting changes in treatment plans as soon as possible to avoid potential harm due to misinterpretation or miscommunication between healthcare providers.
3. Implement evidence-based practices for preventing health care-associated infections – including hand hygiene protocols and environmental cleaning strategies to reduce the risk of spread of infection.
4. Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls – implementing interventions aimed at minimizing fall risks, such as bed alarms and non-slip mats on floors.
5. Increase immunization rates for staff members with influenza – requiring vaccinations or mask usage by all staff during flu season in order to protect vulnerable patients from exposure.
6. Identify safety risks associated with using medical equipment – making sure that clinicians are properly trained on how to use any new equipment before it is implemented into practice settings; regularly inspecting/maintaining all existing equipment according to manufacturer guidelines.