Table 7-8. Types of Patient Safety Actions Taken by the Trending Hospitals

2010 User Comparative Database

Types of Action TakenTrending Hospitals*
Implemented SBAR Communication (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation)19065%
Made changes to policies/procedures18062%
Improved compliance with Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals17159%
Conducted chart audits16657%
Improved error reporting system15854%
Improved fall prevention program15653%
Implemented patient safety walkarounds13647%
Purchased new hospital equipment13145%
Conducted root cause analysis12743%
Held education/patient safety fair for staff12342%
Conducted training12041%
Implemented "Ticket to Ride" communication tool to reduce handoff risk8228%
Formed a committee7124%
Implemented patient safety briefings7024%
Took other action5720%
Conducted followup interviews/focus groups4917%
Implemented patient safety bulletin board/suggestion box/hotline3512%
Implemented TeamSTEPPS3211%
Developed action plans but have not implemented them yet3111%

* Only 292 of the 321 trending hospitals provided information about patient safety actions they had taken.

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Internet Citation: Table 7-8. Types of Patient Safety Actions Taken by the Trending Hospitals: 2010 User Comparative Database. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.