AAPD Policy on Patient Safety
This policy is not intended to duplicate safety recommendations for medical facilities accredited by national commissions such as The Joint Commission or those related to workplace safety such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
6 Elements of True Patient Safety Culture
“Healthcare organizations across the country have significantly ramped up the focus on patient safety and quality improvement, and for good reason. Under the healthcare reform law, healthcare providers' reimbursements will be linked to the quality of healthcare services, including patients' experiences, starting in 2013. A slew of efforts — federal demonstration projects, provider-payor collaborations and provider-level pilot projects, to name a few — are cropping up, as the healthcare industry prepares for this shift in healthcare payment and delivery.” Developed by Becker’s Hospital Review, this article covers the essential components of safety culture in health care.
To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released this catalyst report on safety issues in medicine in 1999, inspiring health care leaders to look at the systems that promote errors. Chapter 8: Creating Safety Systems in Health Care Organizations focuses on main principles in safety system design. Principle 2 recognizes human limits when designing jobs and processes in order to promote safety and simplify/standardize work processes (p. 170).
From Good to Better: Toward a Patient Safety Initiative in Dentistry
An editorial of the Journal of the American Dental Association speaks on the way forward to safe dental practice, identifying key areas to focus on.
WHO Patient Safety (Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide)
A broad web-based resource covering patient safety policies and strategies, medication safety, education and training, technical topics, patient engagement in safety, networks and partnerships, safety-related publications and more.
Balancing “No Blame” with Accountability in Patient Safety
An article featured in The New England Journal of Medicine that examines how provider accountability fits into the of the systems-thinking approach to patient safety.
An Algorithm-Based Approach for Behavior and Disease Management in Child
The purpose of this paper was to propose a decision-tree for dentists to consider when discussing behavior and disease management options with caregivers of young children with early childhood caries. Based on expert opinion and current literature describing case selection for advanced pharmacologic behavior guidance, this decision-tree offers an algorithm for treatment planning and a template for counseling families when considering the risks, benefits, and options for behavior and disease management.