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2015 Patient Safety Goals

As an accredited health care organization by The Joint Commission, Barnes-Jewish Hospital follows and is evaluated on the Commission's National Patient Safety Goals, which are provided in the previous section of this report. In addition to these goals, each year Barnes-Jewish Hospital maintains its own list of goals to identify areas that are mandatory for team members. Compliance with these goals contributes significantly to the hospital’s top priority of providing safe, quality care to our patients.

2015 Barnes Jewish Hospital Patient Safety Goals
2015 Patient Safety Goals (click to enlarge)

Improve the Accuracy of Patient Identification

  • Use two patient identifiers when providing care, treatment and services
  • Eliminate transfusion errors related to patient identification

Improve Staff Communication

  • Get important test results to the right staff on time

Improve Safety of Using Medications

  • Label medications and solutions when removed from original containers
  • Follow established procedures to reduce likelihood of harm to patients on blood thinners
  • Compare patient home medications to those ordered in the hospital to identify discrepancies; provide the patient with a new medication list at discharge

Improve Safety of Clinical Alarms

  • Establish alarm safety as a priority and identify the most important alarm signals to manage
  • Ensure alarm management procedures address key aspects such as alarm settings, changing or turning off alarms, response to alarms and checking equipment for proper operation of alarms
  • Educate staff and providers about the purpose and proper operation of alarm systems for which they are responsible

Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

  • Follow hand-hygiene guidelines
  • Set goals to improve hand-cleaning rates
  • Use proven guidelines to prevent health care-associated infections

Identify Safety Risks Among Patients

  • Screen patients for risk of suicide and provide suicide prevention information at discharge

Universal Protocol

  • Prevent wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-person surgery

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