5 Ways to Promote Patient Health

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5 system-wide changes that can prevent patient harm

Alarming data recently revealed medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. In response, a post by FeirceHealthcare’s Ilene MacDonald highlighted areas in which healthcare institutions should focus to promote patient well-being and curb medical malpractice. They are as follows:

1. Foster a culture that makes the prevention of patient harm a top priority
2. Engage physicians and staff to develop and implement a patient safety program
3. Standardize and adhere to protocols and processes, including effective times outs
4. Conduct a meaningful, informed consent process that engages patients
5. Recognize that even the best systems require continuous improvement to address emerging risks