BOSTON, Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Time, flexibility and engagement are the keys to successfully implementing patient safetyinitiatives at scale, according to new recommendations published today for policy makers at the hospital, hospital association, state and national levels.
The recommendations emerge from a new study published in Health Affairs Monday of
In a 2017 paper, researchers showed that 14 South Carolina hospitals that completed a checklist implementation program saw a 22 percent reduction in post-surgical mortality. In this paper, researchers compared two groups to understand the factors that contributed to success in implementing the checklist. In the first group are the initial 14 hospitals combined with 15 more hospitals that completed implementation by 2017. The second group includes the remaining 35 hospitals that participated, but have not completed the program.
The lessons, according to authors, are generalizable to the U.S. and add to the limited knowledge of scaling patient safety initiatives. Recommendations include:
1. Engage all stakeholders
2. Offer various types of programsBoth low-touch and hi-touch activities are needed for successful implementation across a variety of different sites. For instance, webinars should be supplemented with coaching calls, as needed.Building in flexibility for adaptation within each hospital is critical.
3. Allow time & resourcesSuccessfully implementing the checklist in South Carolina has taken upward of eight years, and additional hospitals are continuing to join the effort. Changes to workflow, communication and culture, process and structure require a long-term commitment if they are to be sustained. Resources in the form of staff and clinician time were key to achieving widespread change.
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