7 areas of concern for patient safety identified at Atlanta VA hospital

A review conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General identified multiple flaws in clinical and administrative processes that could adversely affect patient safety at Atlanta VA Medical Center.

OIG inspectors conducted an assessment the week of Jan. 23 of the quality of care delivered at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. The team identified seven areas where flaws in the execution of care could adversely influence outcomes:

• The monitoring of provider competency

• Environmental cleaning

• The management of anticoagulation therapies

• Patient transfers

• Proper sterilization of glucometers

• The training of staff to effectively manage patients displaying violent or disruptive behavior

• Pressure ulcer management and the care of patients who screen positive for alcohol dependence

"The Atlanta VA Medical Center takes very seriously our mission to provide top quality care to our veterans in a safe and secure environment," said VA spokesperson Greg Kendall in a statement emailed to Becker's. "We concur with all recommendations outlined in this report and have implemented several actions to correct the findings. Our commitment to the health and well-being of our veterans is unwavering."

To read the OIG's full review, click here.

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