Accession Number:

ADA434332

Title:

Surgical Safety: Addressing the JCAHO Goals for Reducing Wrong-Site, Wrong-Patient, Wrong-Procedure Events

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY ROCKVILLE MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

Under standards set forth by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations JCAHO, health care facilities are required to implement established patient safety goals. The efforts by a team at the Naval Hospital, Cherry Point, NC NHCP, to address and prevent wrong-site surgery have resulted in an initiative that can easily be implemented within other facilities. After developing a surgical verification checklist, the NHCP wrong-site surgery initiative adopted consistent, facility-wide policies that required staff to ensure that all surgical procedures are done on the right patient and at the right location, and that the correct procedure is performed. A mechanism to measure the effectiveness of the new initiative by recording and tracking data was put into place. Within the first 4 months of implementation, the operating room OR had reached its benchmarking goal of 100 percent compliance with surgical verifications. In addition, a simple educational tool displayed in numerous OR and clinic areas serves as a reminder to caregivers and consumers that patient safety is at the top of the NHCP priority list.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE