Quality & Patient Safety

Learning how to prioritize patient safety projects

Patient Safety Monitor, March 1, 2010

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As we move further into 2010, I’m excited about the opportunities for growth and improvement we have in store for our patient safety programs. The projects, improvement initiatives, and measures of success are neatly described on paper and await skillful execution. However, the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction of drafting a well-thought-out strategic plan may soon turn to angst if it is modified more than we originally intended.

We know and accept the realities of planning in patient safety, such as safety projects that did not appear on our original plan suddenly coming in from the patient care units and departments we work to protect. Inevitably, our staff make it clear that these new projects represent significant patient safety issues. Before we know it, the annual plan is a working document, scarcely resembling the original, and has grown to a seemingly impossible length.

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