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Sajith SG, Fung D, Chua HC. J Patient Saf. 2021;17:e306-e312.
Trigger tools allow for automated detection of patient harm from electronic health record data. Researchers developed and tested a 25-item trigger tool for mental health settings that identified virtually every adverse event that was found in confirmatory chart review. The authors suggest that this tool may advance safety efforts in inpatient mental health settings.
Sulkers H, Tajirian T, Paterson J, et al. JAMIA Open. 2019;2:35–39.
Electronic health records (EHRs) have been widely adopted as a strategy to improve patient safety. This commentary explores how one hospital used professional standard achievement to motivate medication safety in inpatient mental health settings. The innovation emphasized scanning technologies, direct prescriber order entry, and EHR-generated data analysis as approaches to enhance the reliability of medication processes for this patient base.
Kroll DS, Shellman AD, Gitlin DF. J Patient Saf. 2018;14:e51-e55.
Incident reporting systems are widely implemented in health care systems, but they are often underutilized by clinicians. This institution implemented a psychiatry-specific incident reporting tool. Researchers found that physicians submitted more incident reports but there was no significant change in how many serious harm events were identified. An Annual Perspective described the challenges in measuring and responding to serious patient harm.