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Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; October 2013.
This Joint Commission report summarizes the performance of hospitals across 47 accountability measures—evidence-based metrics that are directly linked to patient outcomes. This year's calculation for identifying Top Performers included a new accountability measure for immunization. Top Performers are recognized by meeting three 95% performance thresholds; 1099 hospitals were identified. This represents 33% of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data, a 77% increase compared to the previous year. Hospitals have measurably improved the quality of care over the past year for heart attacks, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism, and stroke patients.
Review into the Quality of Care and Treatment Provided by 14 Hospital Trusts in England: Overview Report.
Keogh B. London, UK: National Health Service; July 2013.
Outlining findings from an investigation into care delivered at National Health Service trusts with high mortality rates, this report details weaknesses in the organizations and recommends actions to address them.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; September 2012.
The seventh annual Joint Commission report summarizes the performance of hospitals across 45 accountability measures—evidence-based metrics that are directly linked to patient outcomes. This year's calculation for identifying "Top Performers" included three new accountability measure sets: stroke, venous thromboembolism, and inpatient psychiatric services. "Top Performers" are recognized by meeting two 95% performance thresholds; 620 hospitals were identified. This represents 50% more hospitals than last year and now accounts for about 18% of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report core measure performance data. According to the report, hospitals have measurably improved the quality of care over the past year for heart attacks, pneumonia, surgical care, children's asthma care, inpatient psychiatric services, venous thromboembolism, and stroke patients.
Inspiring Ideas and Celebrating Successes: A Guidebook to Leading Patient Safety Practices in Ontario Hospitals.
OHA Patient Safety Support Service. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Ontario Hospital Association; 2006.
This report shares successful patient safety strategies employed in Ontario hospitals to address medication safety, patient incident management, infection issues, and administrative process improvements.
Horsham, PA: Institute for Safe Medication Practices; 2017.
This updated report outlines 14 consensus-based best practices to ensure safe medication administration, such as diluted solutions of vincristine in minibags and standardized metrics for patient weight. The set of recommended practices has expanded since it was first developed in 2014 to include actions related to eliminating the prescribing of fentanyl patches for acute pain and use of information about medication safety risks from other organizations to motivate improvement efforts.
Office of Health Care Quality. Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; 2018.
This annual report summarizes never events in Maryland hospitals over the previous year. From July 2016--June 2017, reported patient falls and pressure ulcers increased. The authors recommend several corrective actions to build on training and policy changes to guide improvement work, including improving use of hospital data to proactively manage risk and engaging hospital and departmental leaders in root cause analysis.
Electronic Health Record Programs: Participation Has Increased, but Action Needed to Achieve Goals, Including Improved Quality of Care.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 6, 2014. Publication GAO-14-207.
This investigation found that although use of electronic health records (EHRs) in Medicare and Medicaid programs increased between 2011 and 2012, EHR systems lack the ability to track quality and safety to measure improvements. The report recommends developing a comprehensive strategy to compile clinical quality measurement data.
Thorlby R, Smith J, Williams S, Dayan M. London, UK: Nuffield Trust; February 2014.
London, UK: Point of Care Foundation; January 2014.
VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Processes Used to Address Providers' Actions That Contribute to Adverse Events.
Draper D. Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; December 3, 2013. Publication GAO-14-55.
Evaluation of provider behavior can identify problems that affect patient safety. This report analyzed data and expert interviews from four Veterans Affairs medical centers to identify weaknesses in peer review processes. Investigators found inconsistent adherence to peer review policy elements, such as timely review performance and peer review trigger development, and make recommendations to drive actions that address these issues.
Department of Health. London, England: Crown Publishing; November 2013. ISBN: 9780101875424.
This report outlines actions that health care leaders in the United Kingdom have committed to take in order to address system problems identified by an inquiry into Mid Staffordshire National Health Services Foundation Trust.
Wallace C, Zimmer KP, Possanza L, Giannini R, Solomon R. Washington, DC: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; November 15, 2013.
This white paper details how health care organizations can identify health information technology concerns and improve systems to reduce risks.
Rensselaer, NY: Healthcare Association of New York State; October 2013.
This publication assessed 10 widely disseminated hospital report cards by criteria including transparency of methodology, evidence-based measures, and data quality. While inconsistent methods across reports hindered direct comparisons, a few reports received high marks.
Donchin Y, Gopher D, eds. New York, NY: CRC Press; 2013. ISBN: 9781466573628.
This publication uses case studies to explore human factors in health care and describes an approach to augment quality and prevent errors.
Sommers LS, Launer J, eds. New York, NY: Springer; 2013. ISBN: 9781461468110.
This book introduces the role of clinical uncertainty in primary care practice and describes four approaches to promote collaborative decision making. The authors use case vignettes to illustrate how uncertainty can be resolved through group discussions to inform and confirm clinical judgment.
O'Hara J, Isden R. London, UK: Health Foundation; October 2013.
Harrow, Middlesex, UK: The Patients Association; 2013.
This publication provides patient and family accounts of incidents involving inadequate care or harm and highlights the need for improvements recommended in a National Health Services report.
This Web site summarizes patient safety improvement efforts in Tennessee and provides access to an annual report of their efforts and a calendar of training opportunities.
Work Design Drivers of Organizational Learning about Operational Failures: A Laboratory Experiment on Medication Administration.
Tucker AL. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School; November 19, 2012. (Revised September 2013). HBS Working Paper No. 13-044.
Tallahassee, FL: Florida Hospital Association; August 2013.