HCTW news brief: Joint Commission educates parents about patient safety

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 14, 2009

One in 15 hospitalized children is harmed by a medical error, according to a 2008 report by the National Initiative for Children's Health Care Quality. The results have prompted The Joint Commission to expand its Speak Up campaign to target parents.

The Joint Commission is advising parents to play an active role in their child's care and to speak up if they have doubts or concerns. By doing so, parents can help reduce the risk their child will be harmed by a medical error.

The Joint Commission suggests parents:

  • Be aware of the medications their child is taking
  • Know their child's medical history
  • Ask questions if they don't understand a diagnosis, course of treatment, or anything to do with the child's care
  • Remind caregivers to wash their hands

Source: The Joint Commission and HealthLeaders Media.

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