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Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; November 2018. Report No. OEI-06-14-00530.
Frail populations cared for in long-term care facilities are at high risk for adverse events. This report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) analyzed Medicare data from 2008 to 2016 to determine the prevalence of adverse events in long-term care facilities and the resultant harm to residents. Nearly half of patients experienced adverse events or temporary harm events. A significant proportion of these events were considered serious, meaning that they led to prolonged stay, transfer to acute care, provision of life-saving intervention, or resulted in permanent harm or death. More than half of these events were found to be preventable and were attributed either to error or substandard care. The OIG recommends that patient safety efforts undertaken by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services specifically address long-term care facilities. A past WebM&M commentary discussed safety and quality of long-term care.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; November 2017.
Levinson DR. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; February 2014. Report No. OEI-06-11-00370.
This report from the Office of the Inspector General examines the nationwide incidence of adverse events in skilled nursing facilities among the Medicare population. Approximately 22% of beneficiaries who stayed in a skilled nursing facility experienced an adverse event, and more than half were preventable. These results mirror previous studies documenting an overall poor level of safety culture in nursing homes. More than half of those who experienced harm were readmitted to the hospital. The report outlines recommendations, including raising awareness of safety concerns in this setting and instructing surveyors who inspect nursing homes to evaluate patient safety practices. These findings emphasize the importance of focusing outside acute care settings in order to advance patient safety by improving systems of care and by aligning accreditation and payment structures. A past AHRQ WebM&M interview discussed unique issues surrounding patient safety in the nursing home population.
Sorra J, Famolaro T, Dyer N, Khanna K, Nelson D. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2011. AHRQ Publication No. 11-0071.
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture, a validated tool for measuring safety culture, was initially released in 2008. The survey expanded on the original hospital-based survey. Similar to that tool, AHRQ now provides annual comparative reports that present benchmarking data for safety culture across different regions, facility types, and staff positions. This edition shares data from 226 nursing homes and more than 16,000 staff. Notable findings include widespread concern about punitive responses to mistakes and safety concerns about poor staffing. An AHRQ WebM&M commentary discussed quality and safety issues in the nursing home setting.
Office of the Inspector General. Washington, DC: US Department of Health and Human Services; September 2008. Report No. OEI-02-08-00140.
This report summarizes 2007 data on quality and safety issues in Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes and finds that 17% of the organizations were cited for care deficiencies that could result in harm to residents.