Preoperative checklists, proper hand hygiene and barrier precautions to prevent healthcare-associated infections are among the top 10 patient-safety strategies that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says providers can implement immediately to improve healthcare quality.
AHRQ released the report Monday as an updated follow-up to its 2001 analysis of patient-safety practices, Making Care Safer.
For this latest report, the authors reviewed 41 safety practices, taken from an initial list of more than 100. A 20-member panel of healthcare stakeholders classified 10 of those 41 safety practices as “strongly encouraged” for adoption, including prevention bundles for central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Another 12 practices were deemed “encouraged” for adoption, such as medication reconciliation, team training, practices to reduce radiation exposure and computerized provider order entry.