Safety initiatives include ensuring basic but essential infection-control measures, especially encouraging hand-washing, incorporating technologies such as bar-coded medication administration and implementing high-reliability principles adopted from other high-risk industries.
Adopting long-established evidence-based safety practices can generate safety improvement. We don't have to reinvent the wheel, but in an industry traditionally slow to transform, we must introduce innovative solutions in our safety strategies. I strongly believe that innovation in safety must be customized to your organization and applied in a way that fits with your culture, strategic priorities and resources.
For Baptist Health, the pursuit of making healthcare safer in our “Journey to Zero” has included several efforts.
Leadership has set a tone through active involvement, rounding every day to increase engagement with patients and staff, which has generated quicker resolution to issues, big and small. Our board feels responsible to the community for safety and quality, bringing added accountability and support for significant investments.