Purpose: Develop faculty leadership at all VA facilities where medical residents train in order to pursue the objectives of the VA patient safety curriculum.
Target Audience: Physicians, clinicians, and managers in VAs or affiliate universities who provide education to residents. Patient safety managers/officers who would like to provide more education to residents and any stakeholder who wants to make a difference in providing patient safety education.
Why make the effort to develop faculty to teach patient safety?
Clinical Team Training (CTT) program offers an opportunity for clinicians to improve patient safety and job satisfaction by facilitating clear and timely communication through collaborative teamwork in the clinical workplace. Principles of aviation’s Crew Resource Management (CRM) are introduced in a clinical context to model specific applications in the healthcare environment.
Healthcare Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (HFMEA) has been designed by the VA National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) specifically for healthcare. HFMEA streamlines the hazard analysis steps found in the traditional Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) process by combining the detectability and criticality steps of the traditional FMEA into an algorithm presented as a Decision Tree. It also replaces calculation of the risk priority number (RPN) with a hazard score that is read directly from the Hazard Matrix Table. This table was developed by NCPS specifically for this purpose.
A recent VA Alert standardizes the prescribing and dispensing of U-500 insulin within the VA according to ISMP guidelines. The attached educational material can be used to educate VA patients in the manner that U-500 insulin and associated needles will be dispensed to them. Caregivers and diabetic patients are encouraged to review these and familiarize themselves with the new procedures.