A curriculum designed for physicians to engage in patient safety practices should be put together by the risk management team to emphasize the importance of patient safety. The first topic that should be evaluated with the physicians and team should be what is patient safety and the outcome of the patients sustaining injury. When a patient sustain harm an increase in hospitalization, litigation costs, infections acquired in hospitals, loss of income, disability and medical expenses increase (Youngberg, 2012). Patient safety declines when patients are being seen by different health-care providers and not being careful to inform each other of the plan of care. The second topic to teach is what human factors contribute to patient safety and the importance. Human factors that should be taught is for the providers to learn how people perform under different circumstances so that they can have better communication, teamwork and organizational culture. The third topic to teach is to understand the system and how it impacts patient care. Patients depend on the health care team to do the right thing therefore patient safety and quality of service should be evaluated carefully. The fourth topic to teach is to be an effective team player. Being an effective team player allows them to communicate with one another as well as combining their observations, expertise and decision-making responsibilities to optimize patient care. The fifth topic to teach is to have the physicians understand and learn from their medical errors and to understand how to improve (Youngberg, 2012). The sixth topic to teach is the physicians to understand and manage clinical risk. Clinical risk management is primarily concerned with maintaining safe systems of care (Durham & Alden, 2015). It involves setting a system that designs to identify, manage and prevent adverse outcomes. By learning the system it increases patient care and increases safety.
“Failure to obtain consent”/”Hospital nightmare”
The CEO responsibilities is to ensure that the hospital performs efficiently the treatment and procedure that each patient will require. The CEO needs to find a balance in managing day to day operations and developing the best quality of patient care, leadership, operational excellence, implementing clinical procedures and policy, and delivering strong performance (Arnwine, 2002).
Patient safety curriculum for physicians in regards to patient safety is to identify the best way to apply their knowledge to apply safe practice (Youngberg, 2011). In the simulation of “Failure to obtain consent” the physician lacked communication with his patient and failed to assure the consent was properly understood. The physician did not confirm that the procedure he was going to do was what the patient wanted and what he signed for in his consent. He violated patient’s right to decline treatment and to inform the patient of the necessities that outweighs the risk if he did not get the procedure done instead of just preforming the stent without his consent. In the second stimulation “Hospital nightmare” caused harm to the patient because the physician failed to use universal precautions which then resulted in spreading infection to his patient where she became very ill.
Arnwine D. L. (2002). Effective governance: the roles and responsibilities of board members. Proceedings (Baylor University. Medical Center), 15(1), 19–22
Durham, C. F., & Alden, K. R. (2015). Patient Safety, Simulation, and Interprofessional Education Organizations. Building a Culture of Patient Safety Through Simulation. doi:10.1891/9780826169075.ap01
Youngberg, B. (2011). Principles of risk management and patient safety. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
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