The Patient Safety Umbrella Covers Multiple Portions Of The Health Care Industry

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The patient safety umbrella covers multiple portions of the health care industry and can include such issues as: falls, medication errors, wrong site surgery, pressure ulcers, and transitions of care (Jayanthi, 2014). As new problems arise in a hospital or patient care setting they are often pushed under the patient safety umbrella. At a local university medical center, there are almost 3,000 patient safety policies (JH, personal communication, April 30, 2016). Additionally, this medical center subscribes to a policy database service which has almost 1000 different procedures for patient safety, with approximately 100 different checklists, and over 75 quick lists (JH, personal communication, April 30, 2016). This one medical center illustrates the size and complexity of this policy category. Other hospitals struggle with this mass of information in the same way. A study in the British Journal of Medicine (BMJ) examined the challenge of dealing with this huge category and described the struggle: “As a consequence, one can feel overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the problem” (Leistikow, Kalkman, & de Bruijn 2011, p. 2). Patient safety is not limited to hospital policies, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JACHO), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and other regulating bodies offer their guidelines to be followed as well, and these policies or procedures are often contradictory to other policies. In order to maintain patient safety,…

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