medicine safely and avoiding surgical errors. (Kreimer 2010). The perioperative care environment presents unique challenges in regards to patient safety because of a myriad of different care providers multiple complex procedures and the fast-paced critical care environment. I work in a very busy cardiac cath lab. We have adopted some of the best practices provided above in an attempt to drive positive patient outcomes. One of these practices is the procedural Time Out. Time Out where we state the correct patient procedure physician and voice any questions or concerns immediately prior to the start of the case was not routinely done in the cath lab. We have made this a standard of care so that all care providers are on the same page and communication is seamless so as to provide optimal care and prevent errors. Another best practice is the safe administration of medications. We are often running at a frantic pace in our unit. We have patients who come in having a heart attack and things can get very intense very quickly. After experiencing some medication related errors we adopted the process of having two nurses verify certain medications that are paramount to the success of our procedures. Since this practice has been utilized we have not had a repeat of the errors that occurred.
In conclusion patient safety must be top of mind for the nursing staff risk management hospital administration patients and family caregivers. Patient safety is not just an in-service or a policy. It is a culture that should be instilled through staff development activities sharing of patient safety data and open dialogue regarding best practices and continuous quality improvement.
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