Patient safety is the top priority in any healthcare setting. In clinics, medical office buildings (MOBs), and patient rooms, there are a number of steps that can be taken to improve patient care and outcomes.
Communication is essential for patient safety. Healthcare providers need to communicate effectively with each other, as well as with patients and their families. This includes clear and concise communication of diagnoses, treatment plans, and medications. It is also important to communicate any potential risks or side effects of treatment. Communication between the patient and clinician isn’t confined to just the clinic, MOB, or patient room. Telehealth keeps patients and their care team connected. Patients who need to see their doctor for regular appointments and routine checkups don't have to make a special trip to the office. They can dial in and speak with their doctor right at home. Consulting with specialists around the world is also easier through the use of telehealth systems. Often times a patient can meet with a specialist, who may not be in their area, virtually. Similarly, patients who have little access to transportation and need to travel hours to see their doctor won't have to worry about how they’re going to continue their care.
Implement A Rounding Routine
Rounding is a process of checking on patients regularly to assess their condition and provide care. This is especially important in hospital patient rooms, where they may be seen by multiple providers. Rounding helps to ensure that patients receive the care they need and that any changes in their condition are quickly identified and addressed. The pairing of all-in-one (AIO) medical computers with lighter weight, nonpowered medical carts simplifies nurses rounding processes, allowing for easier charting and patient care. Because these carts are essentially a nurse's office, they must be easily maneuverable and comfortable while at the same time offering all the tools a nurse needs to deliver exceptional patient care.
Use Technology To Improve Safety
There are a number of technologies that can be used to improve patient safety in clinics, MOBs, and patient rooms. These include electronic health records (EHRs), barcode medication administration (BCMA), and fall prevention alarms. EHRs can help to reduce errors by providing a single source of patient information. BCMA can help to prevent medication errors by ensuring that the right medication is given to the right patient in the right dose. Accurate medication management is a fundamental aspect of patient safety. Implementing measures such as secure storage for medications, clear labeling, and controlled access to drugs can prevent medication errors. Medical carts and automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) equipped with technology that assists in tracking medications and reducing the likelihood of mix-ups can enhance patient safety further.
By taking these steps, clinics, MOBs, and patient rooms can create a culture that prioritizes patient safety. This will help to prevent errors and injuries, and it will ultimately improve the quality of care for patients.