Throughout this week we discussed risk management and the role that nurse leaders have in this process. Ensuring that the strategic goals of the organization align with patient safety is essential. There are many aspects to risk management and it requires coordination of process changes, data collection, data analysis and evaluation.
It is important to coordinate with other healthcare providers/managers to establish a structure that provides safety of care through quality care. Assessing specific needs and then taking action will help to decrease risks and impact patients and staff for the better. I work in the operating room, and we have SAFETY SHARING every single day before we start our shift. We constantly address risk management and ways to keep our goal of Zero Harm. Zero harm refers to an approach to occupational safety that has been adopted by many workplaces. The goal of a zero-harm approach is to operate a workplace without exposing an individual to injury through the implementation of safe work systems. Zero-harm approaches are linked to exceeding safety regulations. You would think that eventually we would run out of things to discuss in our safety sharing meeting, but there is ALWAYS something new or something repeated that needs to be addressed.
As nurses we are patient’s advocates when they are most vulnerable. This is especially true in the operating room when patients are under anesthesia. An important aspect of risk management in the OR is pre-operative timeouts. We address fire risks, sharp safety, identify the patient and specific type of surgery that is to be performed, etc. We are 100% accountable to ourselves, 100% accountable to our coworkers, and 100% accountable to our patients. We each need to do our part to ensure ZERO HARM. This takes critical thinking and awareness of what is going on around us in these ever changing environments of healthcare.