Policy Implication of Patient’s Safety Standards and Practices
PolicyImplication of Patient’s Safety Standards and Practices
InAmerica, all the health administrators and professionals have anobligation to prevent avoidable harm and injury to all the patientsreceiving health care. This has an implication that it is the duty ofthe health professionals to ensure that the well-being of thepatients is guaranteed as long as the disorders have been diagnosed.As a result, there are some policies to ensure quality patient’ssafety standards.
Importanceof health Professionals sharing a common set of patient safetystandards
Oneof the primary significance is the uniformity in the services thatwill be offered to the patient by different health professionals. Itmeans that different health professionals can approach similar issuesin different settings using the same approach. It is important sinceit helps to curb the issues of culture and religion and thuspatient’s safety can be achieved (Hamric,et al. 2013).Typically, when health professionals share a common understanding ofpatient’s safety and standards, they can offer quality services indifferent settings once their services are required. Also, a commonunderstanding helps in the formulation of a set of standards in theservices offered to the patient to ensure the safety is guaranteed.
Typically,it is evident that mistakes are normal, and humans are bound to makethose mistakes in the process of giving their services, the humanerrors. Therefore, policies should aim at reducing the chances ofmaking that mistake again in the future once it has been encounteredin the past. Policies in health care systems imply that theorganization is only trying to deal with an error so that they canincrease their efficiency (Taftand Nanna, 2008).Therefore, the policies only help the health professionals to ensurethat the mistake won’t happen again in the future. We should alsonote that policies` primary function is that of advocacy and notblame as it is thought by many people. This is founded from the ideathat human errors are regularly encountered, and thus policymakersshould focus on advocating this errors once they are committed sothat they can guarantee efficiency in the future. Therefore, thisgives an idea that mistakes can be done by the health professionalsdue to the vulnerability of the human beings to commit mistakes thatshould, in turn, be addressed by various policies.
ChangingEmployment Policies Related to Punitive Actions when Errors Occur
Inthe past, employers/organizations have been seen to take punitiveactions to health professionals who make mistakes in an attempt toavoid the errors in future (Gebbie,et al. 2000).The blame culture has led to the loss of employment of someprofessionals despite their attempts to apply the appropriateapplication of the best practices. Typically I would approach suchemployers by giving them appropriate options of dealing with suchissues. For instance, they can postulate effective policies after themistake to ensure that the error is curbed. Education to theprofessionals is crucial so that they can understand the occurrenceof the problem and the ways to deal with it. This will be helpfulsince it will be hard for the error to occur again since the personthat committed it has been educated on the ways to avoid it ratherthan termination of the contract that increases the chances ofrepeating the same mistake in future. Therefore, employers shouldavoid taking punitive action to those health professionals that makemistakes and instead educate them on appropriate ways to avoid themistake in future by making new policies.
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