Meet the 6 Safety Goals

Goal 1 - Identify patients correctly

It’s about verifying if the person who is receiving the care is really the one who needs to receive the care. It seems simple? In reality it is not that simple. A person may look like the one next to the bed having the same name and sometimes even the last name. The protocol says it is mandatory to check with the patient and either on their identification bracelet the two identifiers: full name and date of birth. Repeating the procedure with each time new medication is provided or new exams, among others interventions.

Goal 2 - Improve effective communication

Have you ever played the telephone game as a child. Often the message starts out meaning one thing, but by the time it reaches the end user it has totally different.
Communication within a hospital can be similar to the game you played as a child if it is not monitored closely.

Goal 3 - Improve the safety of high-alert medications

Do you take any medications? Will you take any dose during your hospital stay? Will any medications be interrupted? Like your anticoagulant or your medicine for pressure ?! Yeah! The prescription drug during the patient hospitalization is like an orchestra. The coordination of all medications during your hospitalization should be performed by your doctor and you should know what you receive. The focus of this protocol regards some medications called high vigilance drugs because this kind of medicines, if not properly administered, can generate serious harm.

Goal 4 - Ensure Safe surgery

Before any plane takes off, the pilot must go through a pre flight check list to ensure the passengers and the plane arrive safely at their destination. If that doesn’t happen the plane does not take off. Its the same when we talk about a surgery! Every surgery should have a checklist to identify the correct procedure, the right patient, whether all the equipment are working and which side the procedure should be performed (the side should still be painted with the patient awake).

Goal 5 - Reduce the risk of health care associated infections

When you visit a newborn, what do you do? Sanitize your hands with alcohol gel, don`t you? With a hospitalized person, it must be the same. One of the most common complications in a hospital environment is infection. The infection can be caused by not taking care with operative wounds, handling with probes and drains between others. One simple way to prevent such infections is for the healthcare provider to wash his hands. Typically with alcohol gel on the bedside before touching the patient.

Goal 6 - Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls

People are usually more fragile during hospitalization. They may be dizzy, disorientated from medication, or disoriented from post procedures. Resulting in higher chance from injuries due to falls. Even being bedridden with loss of movement, increases the probability of falls. For better care, patients should be educated on fall prevention. In Brazil, the Ministry of Health still points to the care of the patient so that there are no injuries, or the so-called bedsores, evaluating the change of position at regular intervals, with the support of the health care team.