Celebrating World Patient Safety Day
Every year December 9th is celebrated as the World Patient Safety Day. This day, medical professionals across the globe redeem their pledges for creating a safe and healthy healthcare ecosystem.
Patient safety has gained supreme importance over the years at hospitals. While hospitals are responsible for taking care of people undergoing treatment, patients in their care may sometimes face crisis situations. Occasionally, such situations may even be life threatening.
These situations arise due to various reasons such as unsafe medication practices, lack of infection control and prevention practices, lack of a safety culture, et al. More often than not, such situations can be easily avoided with proper staff training and communication.
We look at the major goals for healthcare organisations that help them create a safe and healthy ecosystem for patients.
- Identifying Patients Correctly And In Time: It is important to diagnose the patients correctly, without any inordinate delays and queue them for the most appropriate level of medical attention.
- Improving Effective Communication: Proper communication between the healthcare staff and the patient helps the patient in understanding her medical condition better, resulting in speedy recovery.
- Ensuring Correct Medication: It is important to administer the correct drug to a patient with correct dosage.
- Ensuring Correct-Site, Correct-Procedure Surgery: Care must be taken that any surgery carried out on a patient must be done on the correct part of the body and by following standard operating procedures.
- Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections: Hospitals must ensure that their staff adheres to strict infection control practices so that the patients do not catch any infection from on-duty staff or from other patients.
- Working towards Reducing Readmissions: It is important that the patient has a thorough understanding of her medical condition and care procedures, in order to prevent any relapse after a patient is discharged. This helps in controlling the rate of readmissions.
Ensuring Patient Safety Everyday
Patient Safety entails that healthcare staff imbibes these and more such best practices in their daily routine. It also requires patients to understand processes and procedures to ensure their safety.
Regular training for the healthcare staff is a major step towards patient safety. Berkeley HealthEDU offers several short duration courses for healthcare staff, especially nurses, that focus on imparting a particular skill and thus address crucial skill gaps in patient well-being and safety. You can view and enroll for our training programmes here.