MGMA: Patient Safety Checklists Cut Costs at Physician Practices
A nurse would follow the steps from memory, but stop at a certain point to review the checklist to confirm that everything that needs to happen is happening. Read-do is a typical checklist. The order the items are completed may not matter. What matters is that they are completed.
2.Keep it short, precise, practical
Wertz suggests between five and nine easy-to-remember items. "Checklists should only include the most critical and important steps in a complex process and assign responsibility for those steps. The steps need to be clearly written and in simple language." So, a checklist for an office emergency would state: Office manager calls 911 not just "call emergency personnel."
3.Focus on "killer items"
Medication and dosages immediately come to mind here, but Wertz said this can also mean something as basic as making sure the physician or the physician assistant has the correct patient records in the examining room. "Checklists can help avoid situations that could not only harm a patient but that could embarrass a doctor.
If a physician starts going through the wrong patient records that could make a patient question the physician's competence." Wertz said a checklist that makes sure every patient is identified as they move through the office will help.
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