Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Practices for Better Health Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) published a fact sheet on "30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care" to assist in preventing medical errors which cause harm to patients.

These 30 safe practices that have been endorsed by the National Quality Forum.

According to the article, this National Quality Forum consists of 215 representatives from a variety of the United States' health care providers, purchasers, and consumer organizations.

Some notable organizations in the National Quality Forum include: The American Medical Association, The American Hospital Association, and the General Motors to name a few.

The article is broken down by the following categories:
  • Creating a Culture of Safety
  • Matching Health Care Needs with Service Delivery Capability
  • Facilitating Information Transfer and Clear Communication
  • In Specific Settings or Processes of Care
  • Increasing Safe Medication Use
Each of these categories has at least one "safe practice" under it.  For the full PDF and all of the safe practices, please go to the following link: 30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care (PDF)

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