Surgery is a high risk profession. Patient safety is a top priority. Safety has to do with lack of harm. Safety focuses on avoiding bad events. Safety makes it less likely that mistakes happen.
Patient safety is the way in which hospitals and health care organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Strong health care teams reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families.
It is about taking care of the patient’s healthcare journey through the hospital and healthcare. It is about risk communication, preventing blood clots in legs and lungs, preventing hospital acquired infections, preventing falls, using antibiotics judiciously and taking care of patient’s physical, mental and psychological needs, without causing harm.
Patient safety is an important element of an effective, efficient health care system where quality prevails.
Quality has to do with efficient, effective, purposeful care that gets the job done at the right time. Quality focuses on doing things well. Quality raises the ceiling, so the overall care experience is a better one. Healthcare professionals and family all want the same outcome: for the patient to get better quickly.
Regular audits are vital so as to keep a check on the quality of care we provide.