Chris Dube, Chief Operating Officer
In Issue 1 of our blog posts, we discussed the SAFER Matrix and provided an understanding of the new methodology. In Issue 2, we will discuss how hospitals can be prepared for the change.
There are several easy steps to getting prepared:
- Understand the difference of dates of June 1, 2016 and January 1, 2017. The June 1 date is when Psychiatric Hospitals using TJC accreditation will use the SAFER Matrix. January 1, 2017 is the date when all other hospitals and healthcare organizations using TJC accreditation will use the SAFER Matrix. Gaining a grasp of where deficiencies fall on the matrix is important. But even more important is the ability to avoid deficiencies in the first place with a focus on providing safe, quality care to each patient. To do this, you should complete mock rounds, and survey readiness efforts.
- As your practice rounds are completed, focus on the deficiencies and take corrective action or put processes for improvement in place. SentactRounding helps organizations prepare by identifying deficiencies early on through rounds or just on-the-fly and automatically assigning priorities per questions (urgent, normal etc)., and assigning time frames as to when these deficiencies need to be resolved.
- SentactRounding also sends custom escalation notices if a deficiency goes unresolved based on the priority. This is an additional step to ensure your hospital has addressed all deficiencies that might appear on the SAFER Matrix.
Understanding and practicing is the key in preparation. Remember…. Practice Makes Perfect.
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