Patient safety is always a priority
First off, patient safety is always a priority. Ambulatory surgery centers care for patient safety culture. This is the main reason behind the creation of many surveys that include patient safety measurements to reduce human error. Patient safety can be assessed by examining the performance of doctors, and staff and ensuring patient safety. If you want to know if your facility or any other is performing well in this regard, ask:
- Do you relay the main patient care information across all facility areas?
- Is the training available for all staff?
- Do patients feel at ease asking questions when in doubt?
- Is there enough staff to take care of the workload?
- Does the staff speak up when something wrong happens?
- Could the facility value new ideas?
- Is the overloaded person getting help?
- Does the management change the processes when needed?
Human Error in data collection
Patients perceive human error in data collection after ambulatory visits. A big percentage of the mistakes that the patients perceive are significant. The most common mistakes relate to sidedness, notes on the wrong patient, test results, physical examination, medications, medical history, and diagnoses.
Mistakes are common
Mistakes are common and include errors in electronic medical records (EMRs). Correcting EMR errors is crucial to improve medical performance and preventing surgical mistakes. With the transparency culture spreading, everyone can spot these mistakes and help edit them. The working environment and pace usually lead to such errors. Finding out the root causes reduces the errors when these are reported. Also, this allows for predicting possible errors before they happen and reducing their occurrences.
human factors in medical errors
human factors in medical errors can always occur despite the heavy training healthcare professionals receive. As human beings, we all have limited attention spans. Thus, performing worse when tired. In health care, errors are more critical. Always attempts to re-organize the system with the organization’s tools and structure to improve the error margin. Methods for such attempts are useful for:
- reducing burnout
- improving the job satisfaction of the doctors
- decreasing inefficiencies
- reducing the task that adds zero value
- boosting the communication between patient and care provider
- enhancing care centered around patient and family
- increasing delivery of medicine based on evidence
- minimizing clinician errors
Assessment of the environment!
To cut it short, How to reduce human error in ASCs requires assessing again and again, the environment. Now you learned more about patient safety within ASC and how to improve it.
Remember, human error is very normal, but within healthcare, it becomes critical. Here, everything counts. From safe medication storage to improving safety in surgeries or preventing technical or human errors.
To ensure your practice is error-free, ask us questions and our team at Ambula Healthcare: (805) 55-82418! And now check out this Patient satisfaction survey!