New Web Tool Allows Hospitals to Assess Patient Safety

By Gebhart, Fred | Drug Topics, May 21, 2001 | Go to article overview

New Web Tool Allows Hospitals to Assess Patient Safety


Gebhart, Fred, Drug Topics


HOSPITAL PRACTICE

The MEDSTAT Group, a Thomson Healthcare company, has released a Web-based product that lets hospitals survey their patient safety programs and compare the results with those of other institutions. The Patient Safety Organizational Assessment Tool focuses on 97 best practices distilled from public information sources.

"We've seen enormous interest in patient safety because of the two IOM [Institute of Medicine] reports," said MEDSTAT director Deborah Carpenter, RN. "Patient safety is the new wave of quality in health care."

Hospital reaction has been enthusiastic. Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine, part of the nine-hospital Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System, started a MEDSTAT patient safety survey and action plan in early 2000. There, reports of near misses and potential patient safety problems have jumped 250% to 500%, said Traci Atherton, Baylor's vp. of clinical support. A Web-based survey and reporting system has cut response time by up to 50%. Support from the hospital medical staff, administrator, and board remains solid.

The heart of MEDSTAT's self-- assessment is an on-line questionnaire focusing on six areas of patient safety:

*Strategic and executive practices that demonstrate involvement and top-level support for patient safety Institutional culture that guides beliefs, norms, values, and behavior

*Technical practices that affect education, training, and information systems

*Structural mechanisms that disseminate information via formal communication channels

*Medication safety practices

*Patients' involvement in their own care

The questions, and the best practiced toward which they guide hospitals, are based on information in the public domain. The self-assessment costs $295 per year.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices published a similar Medication Safety Self-Assessment in the spring of 2000. ISMP and MEDSTAT both use structured questions to help institutions formulate an action plan based on current best practices and their own needs. Results are pooled in a national database to help individual institutions chart their progress and set realistic goals.

"This is not unique information, but we've organized it in a unique manner," Carpenter said. "There's nothing here a hospital couldn't do on its own, but there's a significant time and cost savings because we've done the research and the organization," she added. "What sets this tool apart is that we provide a broadbrush approach. It isn't focused on just one area of the hospital or one aspect of patient safety."

"A national database identifies general weaknesses in practice," said Kasey Thompson, director of the ASHP's Center on Patient Safety. …

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