Quality & Patient Safety

Group develops checklists to promote patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor, August 1, 2009

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Ensuring patient safety and education are two of the most important tasks staff members in healthcare facilities must complete during a patient’s stay. Also, making sure that the patient’s family is well educated helps keep the patient safe even after he or she has left the facility.
The concept of patient safety is nothing new to
Matthew Mireles, PhD, MPH, president and CEO of Community Medical Foundation for Patient Safety (¬CMFPS) in Bellaire, TX, who has been working to enhance the level of patient safety programs hospitals offer their patients. CMFPS is a learning organization that works to promote education within healthcare facilities.
Mireles comes from an aviation background, in which checklists are extremely important. He used his knowledge of checklists, along with help from ¬Elizabeth A. Smith, PhD, founder and chair, and Jerry Miller, PhD, vice president for research, to conduct research on the use of checklists to enhance patient care and safety in hospitals.

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