Implementing patient safety interventions in your hospital: what to try and what to avoid.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
Patient safety improvement initiatives are often chosen in the context of an existing tension between taking an evidence-based approach versus a practical one. This commentary provides a framework for choosing various interventions with a particular focus on what hospitalists should target for implementation. The authors advocate for a "balanced diet" approach in combining: (1) important practices with strong evidence (e.g., prevention of catheter-related blood stream infections), (2) momentum-generating projects (e.g., executive walk rounds), and (3) system-level interventions (e.g., computerized physician order entry [CPOE]). A previous AHRQ WebM&M perspective addresses how to interpret the patient safety literature.