There are many different types of medical errors that can occur in all different types of facilities. Reducing the number of medical errors and improving the response to errors is the number one goal make healthcare safer for patients. Much work remains to be done and there is still much to be learned but the important issue is that systems, process improvements and recommendations are now being set into place.
All that was discussed
in this course proves a call to action to make healthcare safer for
patients. A major force for the
improvement of patient safety is the intrinsic motivation of all healthcare
providers, which is shaped by their professional ethics, ongoing training,
expectations and continuing education.
As dietitians it is part of our responsibility to look at a patient’s entire continuum of care. When compiling a patient’s medical history note medications and other problems that may be a red flag. Listen to what patients tells you and communicate with the patient’s attending physician. Communication can become one essential key to decreasing risk. Everyone caring for a patient must keep their eyes and ears open. Proper documentation is also essential for verifying the quality of care delivered, determining outcomes of care and communicating with others on the healthcare team.
As care professionals we are still human and we have to expect that some errors will occur. But it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to decrease the risk of any medical error to any patient. Learning all we can about the issue and staying abreast of new information and systems dealing with medical errors is a crucial first step. The issue of medical errors must continue to stay in the forefront of medical care until the problems are resolved and the statistical numbers drastically decrease.