Interesting commentary in BMJ this past week:
Degos L, Amalberti R, Bacou J, Carlet J, Bruneau C. Breaking the mould inpatient safety. BMJ. 2009 Jun 29;338:b2585. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2585
In this piece that calls for a broader approach to understanding and improving patient safety, the authors state:
"Safety may be defined as increasing the patient’s chance of receiving appropriate care that is in line with evidence based medicine. Any obstacle to such access is considered as a loss of chance and a potential failure of the health care system."
How many of our organization consider the potential failures associated with this statement?
Doesn't this quote beg for those of us that deal with the more explicit side of knowledge delivery (ie access to the published literature, guidelines etc) get more involved in helping organizations understand the obstacles to deliving care that is in line with evidence based medicine due to lack of access to the evidence that informs that care?
I recently had discussions with members of a team I work with that were frustrated with the lack of access to a primary scientific journal via their large academic insitutions library. We had to work around the system, ask yet another team member to send us what we needed. One article I need I still don't have. Good thing it wasn't for emergent clinical care, eh? Does that sort of inefficiency and evidence access failure have the potential to contribute to care problems? Interesting question.
We need to, as Susan Carr. editor of PSQH recently stated "shine our light" and weigh in on discussions involving access to knowledge and the "evidence" to understand how they impact safety. We should participate in blogs, online communities, and other tools to share what we know. If we have a seat at the "patient safety table" at our organizations, we should try and ask the right questions to help our peers and clinical colleagues understand this type of failure. We need to generate interest to help generate primary research opportunities and proactive failure analyses to understand how to best focus our efforts in this area.
If there are activities looking at the problems arrising from failure to access the appropriate bibliographic evidence in real time, please share your news about them here. I have to believe that someone out there is looking at this issue and is hopefully involving a myriad of professionals and individuals with personal (read patients and families) and work experience (read clinicians, administrators and "blunt end" professionals) in sorting out the problems. We all have a stake in making this piece of the safety pie less full of holes ;-).
The effect of facility characteristics on patient safety, patient experience, and service availability for procedures in non–hospital-affiliated outpatient settings: a systematic review. - Berglas NF, Battistelli MF, Nicholson WK, Sobota M, Urman RD, Roberts SCM. PLoS ONE. 2018;13:e0190975.
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