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Safety and Quality WebQuest

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Name the five safety goals and provide the rationale for these goals. Goal 1: “Improve the accuracy of resident identification” The rationale for this goal is to ensure correct medications and treatment is given to the correct patient by using at least two patient identifiers such as confirming the patients name, identification number, identification bracelet, telephone number, date of birth, or other person- specific identifier. Goal 3: “Improve the safety of using medications”

The rationale for this goal is to positively impact the safety of patients taking anticoagulant medications resulting in better outcomes. It is also designed to help organizations reduce negative resident outcomes associated with medication discrepancies. Goal 7: “Reduce the risk of healthcare- associated infections” The rationale for this goal is to decrease the incidence of healthcare- associated infections by complying with the CDC or the WHO hand hygiene guidelines. It is also designed to prevent central line- associated infections by implementing evidence- based practices. Goal 9: “Reduce the risk of resident harm resulting in falls” The rationale for this goal is to reduce the risk of falls by evaluating the patients risk for falls and take action to reduce the risk of falling as well as the risk of injury, should a fall occur. The evaluation should include patients fall history, medications and alcohol consumption, gait and balance screening, assessment of walking aids, assessment of the environment, and assistive technologies and protective devices. Goal 14: “Prevent healthcare- associated pressure ulcers” (decubitus ulcers) The rationale for this goal is to utilize clinical practice guidelines to effectively identify patients at risk and define early intervention for prevention of pressure ulcers.

After viewing the videos write one paragraph (5 – 6 sentences) on each video on how this impacts health care involving both patients and healthcare professionals.
The partnership for patient’s initiative was designed to improve patient care and reduce the number of preventable injuries occurring in hospitals. This initiative will impact patients by improving the quality, safety, and cost of their healthcare. Healthcare professionals will have to work harder to improve their skills and performance. They will be required to participate in intensive training and educational programs. Patients will be more closely monitored and their voices and opinions will be heard. This initiative will reduce hospital readmissions, falls, pressure ulcers, infections, etc.

The patient centered communication standards were released by the joint commission and are designed to advance the issues of effective communication, cultural competence, and patient and family centered care. Health care professionals are required to improve patient engagement by utilizing translators and improving their communication practices. Upon admission, the nurse will be required to address patient communication needs. These standards will impact patients by increasing their satisfaction with care. Patients will not be denied or ignored due to cultural, language, or sexual orientation differences.

What is the goal of the “Speak Up” program?
The goal of the speak up program is to urge patients to take an active role in preventing health care errors by becoming involved and informed participants on their health care team. What is the meaning of the mnemonic “SPEAK UP”?

Speak up if you have questions or concerns. If you still don’t understand, ask again. It’s your body and you have a right to know. Pay attention to the care you get. Always make sure you’re getting the right treatments and medicines by the right health care professionals. Don’t assume anything. Educate yourself about your illness. Learn about the medical tests you get, and your treatment plan. Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate...
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