Patient Safety in the Intensive Care Unit
Millions of seriously ill patients are admitted annually to intensive care units (ICUs) around the world. When it comes to patient safety problems in the ICU, the similarities and differences in medical issues faced by critically ill surgical or More...
Publisher: Joint Commission Resources
Size: 4.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Millions of seriously ill patients are admitted annually to intensive care units (ICUs) around the world. When it comes to patient safety problems in the ICU, the similarities and differences in medical issues faced by critically ill surgical or medical ICU patients are important. Continued reassessment and reevaluation of evidence-based protocols are required so that ICU practices may be modified when new strategies of care have been demonstrated as effective and efficient. Patient Safety in the Intensive Care Unit explores how The Joint Commissions requirements guide the provider and organizational efforts in one of a hospitals most crucial departments--the ICU. The following strategies and tools are provided to help ICU staff do the following: Examine ICU current policies and procedures and compare them to The Joint Commission and Joint Commission International hospital requirements Manage issues in the ICU based on the following Joint Commission chapter-related requirements: National Patient Safety Goals Environment of Care Ethics, Rights, and Responsibilities Human Resources Infection Prevention and Control Leadership Medication Management Performance Improvement Devise practical strategies for improving patient safety-related practices and operational policies in the ICU Learn from evidence-based best practice efforts by ICUs Implement a plan for improvement in a manner whereby patient safety can be quickly improved and sustained over time Use forms, tools, and other illustrative material to improve the function and safety of the ICU today