Patient safety is recognized as an important issue in health care, particularly for our most vulnerable population - children. The conclusions drawn by recent studies on the incidence of medical errors in pediatrics are disturbing and might lead you to wonder what you can do to ensure a safe health care environment for your patients and their families.
Check out our directory of resources related to pediatric patient safety.
The Safer Health Care for Kids program features a series of one-hour Web-based seminars, or "Webinars," on various topics within pediatric patient safety. You can participate from the comfort of your office or home, and learn new strategies that you can immediately put into practice to prevent medical errors.
In this feature, we share brief tips to help you ensure a safe health care environment for your patients and their families.
A failure to correctly identify patients can lead to medication errors, transfusion errors, testing errors, wrong person procedures, and the discharge of infants to the wrong families. The WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions proposes several strategies for ensuring proper patient identification, including emphasizing the responsibility of health-care workers in the identification process and encouraging the use of at least two unique identifiers to verify a patient's identity upon admission or transfer to another care setting and prior to administering medications.
For more information on this solution from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Patient Safety Solutions, click here.
For more information on this 2009 National Patient Safety Goal from The Joint Commission, click here.
Are you looking for an opportunity to share experiences and strategies with other clinicians to improve care? The Safer Health Care for Kids program features an e-mail list dedicated to pediatric program safety issues and information exchange. Sign up for the e-mail list by clicking the link below.
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