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Title: Reducing medical errors: a practical guide.
Author: Wolff, Alan
Bourke, Jo
Issue Date: 2000
Publication Title: Medical Journal of Australia
Volume: 173
Issue: 5
Start Page: 247
End Page: 251
Abstract: Healthcare delivery involves complex systems Preventable injuries occur more frequently than in other complex industries. Clinical risk management aims to reduce the probability of adverse patient events occurring. Adverse events can be detected by medical record review, clinical incident reporting and other methods. Events are analysed to determine latent and active errors and ranked in order of risk severity. Action is then planned and implemented to prevent the event from recurring. Effective actions include simplifying systems, standardising procedures, introducing constraints, using reminders and checklists, providing timely information, and small-group interactive education. Organisational factors that may increase the probability of successfully reducing medical errors in hospitals include the availability of adequate resources and education, the presence of clinical, executive and board of management quality champions, and quality improvement and risk management as key objectives in a hospital's strategic plan. Governments can aid the implementation of risk management programs by financially rewarding high quality care.
Description: Wimmera Health Care Group
Internal ID Number: 01822
Health Subject: MEDICAL ERRORS
Type: Journal Article
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