It’s that time of year again. Unbelievably, we are quickly approaching 2022 and it’s time to look back at of the biggest topics of 2021. Every year is full of actionable headlines to consider and challenges to overcome. Our goal is to help our clients navigate successfully though the important issues of the ever-changing healthcare landscape. Below is a summary of the top ten topics that generated the most questions and interest in 2021.
Our Christmas Wish list is succinct this year. After enduring nearly two years on the COVID-19 rollercoaster, we have become more grateful for the more modest things in life. This week we are discussing simple things facilities can ask Santa for that would make surveys easier. What’s on your list?
In this week’s post, we are discussing three things to do now to avoid deficiencies in the new year. There are always additional tasks to be completed and our work is never done, but there are items we take for granted that have a large impact on patient safety and survey success. Here are three items you should review to make sure you end the year on a good note and begin the new year strong.
Medication management and infection control are the most commonly cited areas during surveys. Do you know what the most targeted areas are? How do you ensure your facility is always prepared for survey? Survey readiness requires ongoing effort and expertise. Do you have a plan? In this post we will discuss some of the most common deficiencies and ways to avoid them.
The 2021 version of the OctariusRx medication safety quiz is about to be released. Ongoing education and assessment of staff medication management competency are standards of good practice. Medication competency and your consultant pharmacist are two things that should go hand-in-hand. How are you assessing your staff? Use our tool to help enhance patient safety and at the same time, satisfy the regulatory requirement.
Documenting patient allergies is not only an expectation of surveyors, it’s a critical patient safety function. How does your facility document patient allergies? Are you asking the right questions? Are they documented in a prominent and consistently defined location? Are you providing appropriate clarification of all noted allergies? This is a task we often take for granted, but doing it incorrectly could result in survey deficiencies, or worse…patient harm.
What are the most commonly used insulins? There are quite a few more insulins available today than there were just a few years ago. For patients, this means more options and more flexibility, but it also increases the risk of confusion and potential errors. How does your facility perform medication reconciliation? Would you recognize the newer insulin products? Do you know how long each one lasts? The answers to these questions will help you better manage blood sugar perioperatively.