LearningRodziewicz, T.L. & Hipskind, J.E. (2018). Medical error prevention. StatPearls(Internet). Retrieved from: Response 1Hi Amanda,You did a great job on addressing patient safety and how our federal government is involved in the safety of our health care system. I also believe it is extremely important to build aculture that upholds accountability in health care practice, but most importantly finding ways to learn from our mistakes rather than playing the “blame game”. Identifying, correcting, and reducing medical mistakes is the key to improving safety and the health of all people. I also mentioned the initiatives that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) implemented for patient safety such as the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS), Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS), Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety 2.0 (TeamSTEPPS), Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety, etc. (AHRQ, 2018). The Joint Commission’s national patient safety goals (NPSGs) are another important tool to assist facilities and health care practitioners in creating a safer environment for patient and providers (Nickitas, Middaugh & Aries, 2016). Since the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building
a Safer Health System, the federal government has acknowledged that medical mistakes are a real problem (Nickitas, Middaugh & Aries, 2016). As health care providers, we may be frustratedwith the rules set by the federal government but we must remember that these strategies are crucial to keep our practice and our patients safe. ReferencesAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2012). Advancing patient safety: A decade of evidence, design, and implementation. Retrieved from: -resources/resources/advancing-patient-safety/index.htmlNickitas, D.M., Middaugh, D.J. & Aries, N. (2016).
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