"And the survey shows that the manner of communication … should be improved.", says Bertine McKenna, COO, Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, NY, and Lead Advisor for the report.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 19, 2011
Improving patient safety is a driving force in healthcare—91% of healthcare leaders rank patient safety among their top 5 priorities, according to the newest HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, The Drive to Patient Safety. But lack of communication and uncertainty over leadership structures pose challenges.
“Our role as leaders of healthcare organizations was always to care about our patients’ care, but with the various Institute of Medicine reports and data in the literature, healthcare leadership in this country realized this was a key strategic initiative that required their personal attention,” says Bertine McKenna, COO, Bassett Healthcare Network, Cooperstown, NY, and Lead Advisor for the report. “And the survey shows that the manner of communication … should be improved. It’s important that health systems do a better job in communicating—whether it’s within a leadership structure on the C-suite level or between physicians and nurses in a hospital room—because communication and quality go hand-in-hand.”
This comprehensive industry intelligence report is available for free download at http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/intelligence/051/industry-insight-report.html.
This exclusive, original research and analysis offers key insights regarding patient safety from top healthcare executives and clinical leaders, including:
- 69% say that important patient care information is sometimes, often, or always lost during shift changes
- 73% say improved infection control practices are among the new patient safety initiatives they will launch in the coming year 53% are devoting more financial resources to patient safety programs
- 49% say that lack of communication skills poses the greatest risk to patient safety during handoffs or transition of care
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