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Real time patient safety audits: improving safety every day.

Ursprung R. Real time patient safety audits: improving safety every day. Qual Saf Health Care. 2005;14(4):284-289. doi:10.1136/qshc.2004.012542.

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August 17, 2005
Ursprung R. Qual Saf Health Care. 2005;14(4):284-289.

This pilot study evaluated the feasibility of using a safety auditing checklist during daily work in an intensive care unit. Investigators developed a 36-item list focused on errors common to this clinical setting and implemented them into rounds on a regular basis for the 5-week study period. Results suggested the ability to detect a variety of errors while engaging staff in a blame-free fashion to stimulate immediate changes in performance. The authors advocate for greater application of safety and error prevention methods into routine clinical work as a mechanism for ongoing quality improvement.

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Ursprung R. Real time patient safety audits: improving safety every day. Qual Saf Health Care. 2005;14(4):284-289. doi:10.1136/qshc.2004.012542.