10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals

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10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals

Description

Medical errors can occur at many points in the health care system, particularly in hospitals. This 2-page fact sheet provides the following 10 tips that hospitals can implement to improve patient safety:

  • Assess and improve patient safety culture (by surveying unit staff)
  • Build teamwork (by improving staff communication)
  • Limit shifts for hospital staff, if possible
  • Insert chest tubes safely
  • Prevent central line-related bloodstream infections
  • Make good use of senior intensive care unit (ICU) nurses
  • Use reliable decision-support tools at the point of care
  • Set up a safety reporting system
  • Limit urinary catheter use to 3 days
  • Minimize unnecessary interruptions

These tips are based on findings from patient safety projects sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality since 2001. A reference to the relevant project is provided for each tip, as well as links to additional resources in some cases. The tip sheet is also available as a printable PDF file.

Developer:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

History

Original Summary: December 2006
Last Updated: 10/09/13

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