Chris Dube, Chief Operating Officer
With all the changes scheduled from The Joint Commission, how can you be sure your hospital is educated as well as prepared? Our 2-part blog series should help both educate and get you prepared for the January 2017 date.
As a part of the larger ProjectFRESH, The SAFER Matrix is a transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during rounds or surveys. The SAFER Matrix replaces the current scoring methodology which has a direct impact on Elements of Performance. It is designed to help make things simpler for a healthcare organization.
The term does represent its goals:
Hospitals should round or survey, analyze the results, and evaluate the risk from the results/or data according to the matrix. The risk evaluation level rises, then the placement moves from the lowest risk level or bottom left hand corner to the highest risk level in the upper right.
What are some of the basics that you should know?
- Deficiencies are rated based on the likelihood that they will cause harm to patients, staff or visitors.
- Deficiencies are rated based on the scope of the issue and how widespread the issue is within the organization.
By analyzing deficiencies, the goal is that it will provide a level of focus or greater attention to the issue than previously done when using the Element of Performance. The result: hospitals or health systems can move quickly to identify issues, as well as trends to improve the safety and quality of patient care.
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