Accreditation

Sight gags abound in patient safety "room of horrors"

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, June 1, 2009

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Propped up on a pillow, wearing a baseball hat and a pink cast on his ankle, the patient is perfectly still, unmoving as nurses and other staff members walk through jotting notes on identical forms. Tucked between the patient’s lips is … an unlit cigarette.

Fortunately, the patient is made out of rubber and plastic. This was just one detail among dozens used for a training exercise in a mocked up “hospital room of horrors” at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie, PA, explains Jean Tauber, FACHE, director of performance improvement, risk manager, and patient safety officer.

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