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Checklists to Improve Patient Safety

AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust has just released a series of 10 evidence-based checklists for improving patient safety in these areas:

  1. Adverse drug effects
  2. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  3. Central line-associated blood stream infections
  4. Early elective deliveries [Cesarean]
  5. Injuries from falls and immobility
  6. Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers
  7. Preventable readmissions
  8. Surgical site infections
  9. Ventilator-associated pneumonias and events
  10. Venous thromboembolisms

For additional information, ‘change packages’ for each checklist topic are available on the AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network [HEN] web site at www.hret-hen.org.

Source: Checklists to improve patient safety; signature leadership series. Health Research and Educational Trust in partnership with American Hospital Association, June 2013. http://www.hpoe.org/Reports-HPOE/CkLists_PatientSafety.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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