Huntsville Hospital Risk Management Analysis

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Huntsville Hospital Risk Management
Risk Management programs provide protection to patients, staff members, and visitors from inadvertent injuries while protecting healthcare systems’ financial assets and community reputation. Risk management plans are designed to provide guidance and structure within an organization’s clinical and business services of providing a safe environment while delivering quality patient care.
Identifying high-risk areas in healthcare that could possibly cause harm to visitors, patients and /or employees, building policies to avoid adverse events and proposing an adequate reporting system exist as challenges for the risk management team in a health care facility (Bickmore 2015). The introduction of Enterprise Risk
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The risk manager, safety officer, ensures HH’s compliance with the federal, state, and local regulations and statutes. Empowered by administration and the governing body of HH, the HH Safety Officer arranges for collaboration among all departments, services, and patient care providers ultimately seeking the delivery of high quality patient care and minimizing, eliminating, adverse events. Risk Management team members consist of two physicians, safety officer, environmental service manager, information technology manager, maintenance personnel, materials management staff, nursing representatives, administration representative, surgical services coordinator, cardiac department, lab director, and others. Coordination of risk management activities exist among various departments, such as all nursing departments, environmental care, safety staff, bio-med services department, maintenance, medical staff, infection control, organizational staff, emergency preparedness and performance improvement team, directed by the HH safety officer. The risk management committee develops policies, procedures, and protocols to address issues, which may cause liability exposures. For example, protocols are instituted for those employees who operate a company vehicle for hospital business, requiring safe driving classes, evaluations, and drug screenings in addition to strict …show more content…
Necessary improvements to the HH risk management plan exist as improved education measures of staff members in order to produce full buy-in from staff of all areas. An educated HH workforce will provide excellence in a program if not told what to do but what is trying to be accomplished. For example, in the scenario of the foley catheters, the nurses would see this as one more thing to do, document, and remind physicians. If educated in regards to the CDC recommendations and the specific findings at HH, the nursing staff would be empowered to provide improved patient care, ultimately decreasing patient

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