Strategies to Prevent Adverse Events

Strategies to Prevent Adverse Events

  • Build a culture that encourages transparency, teamwork and accountability.
  • Provide education and competency programs for adverse event risk areas.
  • Collaborate with referral sources to stress the importance of full and complete information during transfers.
  • Utilize a standard document or data elements when transferring residents to medical appointments and/or other levels of care.
  • Engage residents and/or caregivers:
    • Ask questions about conditions/treatments.
    • Check medication allergies.
    • Encourage caregivers to keep a list of medications.
    • Include in the plan of care.
  • Review, adapt or implement a systematic process on medication safety systems:
    • Refer to Adverse Event Tools (17 Adverse Event Drug Trigger Worksheets are available to assist members with quality assurance efforts)
  • Consider the role of the pharmacist.
  • Consider the process around verbal orders.
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