The Effects Of Risk Management On Health Care Organizations

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In the context of risk management, there are several ways that Failure Mode and Effects Analysis can be used to improve processes in health care organizations. According to Stanley Davis and colleagues, documenting and analyzing potential risks proactively is essential for improving patient safety (Davis, et al., n.d.). The article states that Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is used prospectively to identify the possible system failures, and to fix the problems to make the system more robust before an adverse event actually occurs (Davis, et al., n.d.). In a study conducted by G Bonfant and colleagues (2010), FMEA was used for chronic hemodialysis outpatients. The authors recorded phases and activities, listed activity related failure modes and effects, described control measures, assigned severity, occurrence and detection scores for each failure mode and calculated the risk priority numbers (RPNs) by multiplying the 3 scores (Bonfant, et al., 2010). The authors (2010) also analyzed failure mode causes, made recommendations, and planned new control measures. Their results showed that the failure modes with the highest RPN was from communication, and organizing problems (Bonfant, et al., 2010). They (2010) created two tools to fix the communication flow, including dialysis agenda software, and nursing datasheets. In addition, the authors scheduled nephrological examinations, and changed medical and nursing organization, and this resulted in a decrease in RPN value
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