Hospitals Still Not Following Safety Recommendatons
Follow up on the Institute of Medicine Report
reprinted from Nursing Spectrum, Greater Philadelphia Tri-State, Jan 16, 2006
Hospitals still don't come close to meeting Institute of Medicine
Recommendations for patient safety systems, which, six years after
the organization's landmark report on patient saftey, "is cause
for great concern" the Journal of the American Medical Association
says in its Dec. 14 issue. "Efforts for improvement must be accelerated,"
the Journal said.
Extensive surveys of 197 hospitals in Utah and Missouri, both in
2002 and 2004, showed the number of hopsitals with mechanisms for
voluntary reporting of errors rose to 69.9% in 2004, up 9% from 2000.
Thirty-four percent of
hospitals have fully implemented computerized physician order-entry
systems, up just 1% from 2002, the journal said. Among measures
the surveys considered were computerized physician order-entry
systems, computerized test results, assessments of adverse effects,
patient-safety policies, and use of data in patient-safety programs.