What does safety of patient in diagnosis mean?
Safety of patients is a must. The priority of the clinicians is on providing accurate diagnosis in order to identify correct treatment procedure. Thus, it is imperative for the clinicians to follow a thorough process that fulfils the safety and legal objectives.
Sometimes only clinical experience and knowledge is not enough to provide accurate diagnostic results. More so the diagnostician must possess strong decision making capacity that allows reasoning that supports diagnostic accuracy.
Why safety of patients has become a major concern?
Most of the organisations dealing with the patients, lack a patient-centric culture. They deter the patients from speaking up their concerns for diagnosis. This inherently discourages patients to assume that speaking up will adversely affect their care and treatment.
Proper diagnosis is essential as the treatment decision will be determined based on the results of the diagnosis. Inaccurate or unintentional delay in diagnosis can have an adverse impact on the treatment and the overall health of the patient. Safety of patients is not just about improving the process, but improving the overall moral, professional and public health in general.
How to ensure safety of patient?
Ensure safety of patient will require the following:
- Building effective teamwork among professionals, patients and their families.
- Educating and training the professionals thoroughly with the diagnostic process.
- Supporting the patient and professionals during the process with IT to reduce the chances of possible mistakes.
- Developing a strict monitoring system that helps identify diagnostic errors in the clinical process and help learn from them eventually reducing the error.
- Establishing a work culture and system that promotes improvement in the diagnostic process.
- Developing a reporting system that facilitates learning from the diagnostic errors.
- Maintaining a proper payment and care delivery environment that supports the diagnostic process. Also assigning funds to research on the process and errors involved in the diagnosis.
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