A new report by a division of the AHA agrees with previous research: that effective physician-nurse communication positively impacts patient safety. The research was conducted by HealthGrades, which identified the top performing 5% hospitals in patient safety. Kristin Reed, Vice President of Clinical Quality Programs and author of the study, asserted that it is time to recognize how critical the connection is between safe, satisfied patients and clarity with their medical provider.
“To identify the best-performing hospitals in patient safety…HealthGrades analyzed approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalizations in 5,000 hospitals from 2008 to 2010. The analysis was conducted using a method developed by the AHRQ to calculate event rates for 13 indicators of patient safety.”
The issue of medical errorscontinues to seemingly overwhelm the medical profession, as improvement has not increased markedly since the IOM’s 2000 landmark report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.”