Patient safety is paramount in the healthcare industry. That’s why regulatory agencies exist—to keep facilities and professionals accountable with practices, processes, and devices.

A recent survey with physicians, nurses and healthcare executives across the United States showed that despite recent efforts to improve patient safety, problems still exist. As a part of the survey, the respondents identified some of the top obstacles that their departments and teams are still encountering as they work to increase patient safety throughout the entire perioperative loop. Some of these obstacles included items like organizational structure and lack of resources. However, the top issue that respondents identified as an obstacle was “ineffective information technology (data quality, patient matching, reporting)” and the related issue of “lack of real-time warnings for possible harm events.” In fact, the largest group of respondents, 30 percent, agreed with this issue as the number one obstacle that is currently inhibiting patient safety.

Is your facility encountering this issue?

While these issues of technology and real-time alerts can have negative implications for patient safety, there is also an easy solution to both. This obstacle that so many healthcare professionals are facing can be solved simply with automation.

By automating your processes in the CSSD through the use of an intelligent surgical asset tracking and management tool, you gain effective information technology that tracks and provides data on every step of reprocessing while also tracking instruments down to the patient level. You can even set up alerts along every step of the way from decontamination to the OR to protect against errors in sterilization, assembly, and so much more that could impact patient safety and the possibility of an infection event.

If your facility is encountering these types of obstacles, now’s the time to seek out a new solution.

To help you envision exactly how an automated solution could work in your facility, check out this video. In it you’ll see how you can overcome these obstacles and boost patient safety by equipping your team and your entire facility with the power of automation.

 

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