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JCR Releases Free Guide for Physicians and Leaders to Improve Hospital Safety

Added on January 30, 2014 in General News, Press Releases

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(OAK BROOK, Ill.) Joint Commission Resources (JCR) has released a new, free guide to help hospital executives and physician leaders implement and sustain safe practices. The guide, produced by the JCR Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), is part of the federal Partnership for Patients (PFP) initiative to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans. 

The guide, “Patient Safety Initiative: Hospital Executive and Physician Leadership Strategies,” is intended to help motivate and energize healthcare leaders to assess gaps in their organizational safety culture, engage key influencers for change, set goals for targeted improvement, implement proven safe practices, and reinforce key behaviors to ensure high-reliability performance improvement.

The document includes two sections:

Part I focuses on hospital executive leadership strategies and includes an Activation Toolkit with seven components:  board engagement on patient safety, safety culture debriefing, safety leadership rounds, teamwork training and skill building, daily safety briefing, senior executive adopt a work unit, and known best practices of execution.

Part II focuses on physician leadership and includes an Activation Toolkit with 7 components:  physician communication at the bedside, physician involvement in unit-based huddles, physician leadership of unit-based patient safety meetings, harm-reduction rounding checklists and evidence-based guidelines, multidisciplinary teamwork training, physician leadership of post-adverse event debriefs, and managing challenging behavior.

“In addition to giving various improvement tools to our hospitals, we wanted to share a systematic approach that is evidence based, but also relies heavily on human behavioral change.  As we developed the package, we maintained that the patient and family were at the center of each initiative and created a simple, standardized format for each of the components in the Activation Toolkits,” said Deborah Morris Nadzam, Ph.D., RN, BB, FAAN, project director, JCR Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network. “The tools are not tasks that need to be managed, but instead are resources for teams to influence their working relationships with one another as well as with their patients and family members.” 

The federal PFP is a public-private partnership made up of more than 3,700 participating hospitals that are focused on using effective improvement and change strategies to make hospital care safer, more reliable, and less costly.

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