Patient safety tool: Checklist to limit damage after safety protocol failure

LifeWings Partners has made a free Failure Recovery Tool available online to help clinicians know what steps to take when they fail to meet a patient safety protocol.

According to LifeWings CEO Steve Harden, even the most effective safety protocols are bound to fail from time to time because that are administered by humans and humans are fallible.

"The difference between a safe hospital and an unsafe hospital is a plan for failure recovery," said Mr. Harden. "If leaders use the tool we've developed, they will reduce additional costs and damage and salvage critical staff morale."

The tool includes a checklist with tips on how to acknowledge accountability for the failure without laying blame, limit damage to the patient and team morale, and reexamine the efficacy of the protocol.

To access the free Failure Recovery Tool, click here.

Note: View our database providing more than 150 reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.



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