Current Issues in Quality and Safety

1007 WordsMay 3, 20125 Pages
Current Issues in Quality and Safety Current Issues in Quality and Safety The safety of medication administration has become a universal issue and crucial for one 's wellbeing. The majority of hospitalized patients are treated with medications (Agyemang & While, 2010). The medical treatment of patients has a direct effect on the patient 's quality of life. Srinivasan declared "patients have a right to know they are receiving safe care" (as cited by Zhani, 2012, p. 1). The purpose of this paper is to identify current quality and safety issues in healthcare, share the impact the issues have on health care delivery, identify quality improvement strategies, and to reveal a plan to implement quality improvement strategies. The…show more content…
Nurses were required to confirm the right patient, medication, dosage, time, and route. The five rights aided in the process but errors were still made. Nurses working long hours, mandatory overtime, budget cuts, increased patient nurse ratio, and high patient acuities are also noted to contribute to the increase of errors. For many of these issues there is not a quick remedy. Geiger shared the elimination of retribution for medications errors would help decrease the effects associated with medication administration. Quality Improvement Strategies Plan Nurses on the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) experience many interruptions during patient care, including medication administration. These interruptions can affect proper and safe medication passage. The time taken to manage interruptions can be diverted back to the patients to assist in safe medication administration. * Plan - goal is to improve safe medication passage by eliminating telephone interruptions during medication rounds and other non-emergent interruptions, perform Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle for 5 days, Monday through Friday, during 0900 medication rounds * Targeted audience - dayshift registered nurses, unit secretaries and the management team on the 21 bed Progressive Care Unit (PCU), patients, nurse technicians * Relevant Stakeholders - patients, providers, employer, and payers * Needed Resources - PDSA Worksheet to evaluate the, additional part-time registered nurse to assist
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