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National Quality Forum. Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2009.
The National Quality Forum's Safe Practices for Better Healthcare provide a blueprint for organizations to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The practices are organized into seven content areas: establishing leadership structures and systems, improving safety culture, honoring patient's wishes for informed consent and error disclosure, matching health care needs with delivery capacity, facilitating information transfer and clear communication between providers, managing medications safely, preventing health care–associated infections, and implementing safe practices for specific clinical conditions and sites of care. Since the last update in 2006, seven new practices have been added and others retired. The practices are defined so that organizations can measure the relationship between implementation of the practices and patient safety outcomes.
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Kernisan LP, Lee SJ, Boscardin WJ, Landefeld CS, Dudley RA. JAMA. 2009;301:1341-1348.
The Leapfrog Group has been a major driver of patient safety efforts—more than 1000 hospitals have committed to implementing its recommendations for computerized provider order entry, intensivist coverage for critically ill patients, evidence-based referral for certain diagnoses, and implementation of the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Safe Practices. A prior study found that hospitals that had implemented at least one Leapfrog practice tended to provide higher quality of care for specific diagnoses. However, in this study, adoption of the NQF safe practices did not correlate with reduced inpatient mortality. The authors note that many hospitals could score highly on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey but not fully implement or consistently follow safety recommendations, as the survey only measures a hospital's self-reported implementation of safety practices.
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Development of a Web-based surgical booking and informed consent system to reduce the potential for error and improve communication.
Siracuse JJ, Benoit E, Burke J, Carter S, Schwaitzberg SD. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014;40:126-133.
Written consent forms often introduce issues related to legibility and completeness. A Web-based system for booking elective surgical procedures improved the rate of obtaining and documenting informed consent in a community hospital system.