Healthcare facilities are working hard to keep patient
Surgical Products recently spoke with Patty Taylor, Vice President of Professional Education and Clinical
Affairs for Ansell. She is a registered nurse
with 20 years’ experience. Patty specializes in
perioperative nursing practice.
SP: Is there reason to believe the
problem of healthcare-related never
events will be more significant or less
significant 10 years from now?
Taylor: Less significant. Professional associations and government agencies from around
the world have worked diligently to reduce the
incidence of healthcare-related never events.
Recently, they have taken a more positive
approach to patient safety and developed the
concept of “always events.” Always events
include evidence-based practices and patient
safety activities that reduce adverse outcomes.
According to the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons the “always events”
concept represents a positive, affirming be-
havior that can motivate physicians and other
healthcare providers to improve patient safety
and promote better outcomes.
SP: What is a practice/procedure that
hospitals follow in order to decrease
Taylor: Improvements in quality of care should
lead to reduced never events. Hospitals need to
build a culture of patient safety that involves
healthcare professionals, professional organizations, patients, and the medical device industry.
Patient safety and practices that prevent harm
must be the foundation on which quality care
is delivered. In addition, the implementation of
prevention tools and processes is crucial to decreasing never events. Healthcare manufactures
are now developing products to aid in preventing wrong-site surgery, retained surgical items,
medication errors, etc., and giving facilities
tools that can enhance their protocol.
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