An ongoing threat to quality health care
1. Developing a culture of safety: This includes creating an organizational climate in which staff can openly discuss any potential errors or near-misses without fear of retribution, and implementing patient safety protocols that are consistent across all areas of care delivery.
2. Establishing accountability: Establishing clear lines of accountability with providers, ensuring expectations regarding patient safety standards, and setting consequences when those standards aren’t met is essential to providing safe care.
3. Enhancing communication between patients, families and caregivers: Effective communication between patients and their health care providers can help reduce the chances of errors happening due to miscommunication or misunderstanding. Patients also need to be proactive in understanding their condition so they can identify possible problems before they occur.
4 Investing in technology: Technology has the ability to improve the accuracy, efficiency, and availability of data related to patient care. Utilizing evidence-based technologies such as medical decision support tools or computerized provider order entry systems (CPOE) can further reduce risk from medical error when properly implemented into practice settings