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Patient Safety & Risk Management
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Patient Safety & Risk Management The issue of accountability, responsibility, and professional ethics has been a looming problem in the health sectors for a long time. The patient safety document that was released as a result of this concern recognizes the fact errors in the medical profession are caused by hardworking, committed, and good people who try to do the right things in serving patients (Wachter & Pronovost 2009, 1401).
The increasing use of evidenced based prevention strategies were also embraced to ensure these errors were prevented. However, concerns were later raised concerning this ‘no blame’ approach to new ways of indentifying and dealing with poorly performing health practitioners; stressing on responsibility and accountability. The idea of shifting from a blameworthy to blameless culture was also floated. Rather than viewing problems as systems problems, the culture of viewing them as accountability problems was able to reduce some of the problems such as low hand hygiene significantly, making surgeries safer (Wachter & Pronovost 2009, 1402). The article therefore elaborates how to strike an acceptable balance between errors caused by lack of accountability, and those that result from the system where such practitioners cannot be blamed for their occurrence. Wachter & Pronovost (2009, 1402) elaborates that the cost of failure to adhere to professionalism and enforcement of safety standards in United States accounts to about 4000 wrong-side surgeries. ...
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