Use the Web to Keep Patients Safe

Physician practices now have free access to three new online resources to help improve patient safety. The Health Research and Educational Trust, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, and the Medical Group Management Association have released Pathways for Patient Safety, a series of Web-based tools aimed at increasing awareness, knowledge, and implementation of best practices to reduce the risk of patient harm in physician practices.

The free tools are:

  • Working as a Team - actions required to build high-performing patient safety teams and techniques for effective communication among caregivers and with patients to reduce patient harm. 
  • Assessing Where You Stand - practical steps to minimize medical errors by assessing current patient safety procedures, addressing practice culture, and setting goals.
  • Creating Medication Safety - factors practices should consider when implementing or augmenting a medication reconciliation process and when prescribing or administering medications.

The TMA Patient Safety Resource Center also offers tools to improve patient safety. Topics include cultural competency, health literacy, health disparities, reconciling medication, and preventing surgical infection. And TMA's TMA Subcommittee for Academic Physicians has developed a six-part continuing medical education course, "Patient Safety and Medical Errors," which is available on the TMA Web site .


Action , Feb. 2, 2009

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