Risk Management and Liability

Risk Management and Liability

Review the two videos on You Tube in your required reading. Prepare a paper that answers the listed questions and meets the criteria below.

1. Explain the central idea in each video.

2. What type of healthcare worker does each video target?

3. Based on your readings does it seem likely that either video would increase safety and risk management efforts in health care organization?

4. Explain how the videos could help a risk management program.

5. Defend your view on which video is best or explain why neither is helpful.

SLP Assignment Expectations

1. Limit your responses to a maximum of three pages, not including title and reference list pages.

2. Be sure to utilize at least 4-5 scholarly references to support your discussions.

3. Be sure to properly cite your references within the text of your assignment and listed at the end.

4. Be sure to apply critical thinking skills to the write-up of your assignment, especially in regard to numbers 3, 4, and 5 above.

Module 2 – SLP

First Video: Keeping Our Kids Safe

The central idea in this video is caring for children and keeping them safe, as well as the safety of one another. The author in the video points out that safety is the responsibility of everyone. It takes everyone to keep patients safe. People need to work together to ensure safety of patients. Patient safety and team member safety are imperative; people need to hold one another responsible. We have to keep each other and our children safe. Children depend on us to keep them safe and we have the power to keep them safe. The power of one is indispensable in making a difference daily. The type of healthcare worker targeted by this video is every health worker – all types of health workers are targeted – since the author asserts that everyone has the responsibility keeping children/patients safe and each other safe.   

Second Video: Getting to Zero through the Power of One

The central idea in this video is to get to zero preventable serious events through the power of one: one person, one leader, and one organization at a time. This means a better quality of life for patients and their families. The message in the video is also about promoting safe and trusted healthcare. According to the author, managing risk in a healthcare facility is a key priority. Everyone can enhance patient safety and help reduce serious safety events to help get to zero serious events, which is the goal to attain. Help prevent serious safety events through the power of one by making patient safety top priority by being an example of doing the right thing and empowering employees. When healthcare leaders walk the talk, the message to employees is real and patient safety improves. Together we can get to zero; it starts with you and me. Healthcare workers are the voice of their patients. Getting to zero takes the courage to speak up and it starts with everyone individually. Healthcare providers should provide clear communication with patients in the form of disclosure and ongoing communication. The type of healthcare worker targeted by this video is every type of healthcare worker including nurses and physicians. This is because the author states that everyone can enhance the safety of a patient and help attain the goal of reducing serious safety events to zero.

Basing on my readings, it seems that the second video – Getting to Zero through the Power of One – would increase safety and risk management efforts in healthcare organization. According to Shannon (2010), risk management refers to the process used to make and carry out decisions which would help in preventing adverse events and reduce the effects of those events. In the second video, the author pointed out that managing risk in a healthcare facility is a key priority. He added that everyone can enhance patient safety and help reduce serious safety events to help get to zero serious events. In essence, the second video strives to manage risk and reduce risk within a healthcare facility. Basically, risk management comprises the following: working to identify and deal with every source of risk and loss; vital roles in patient safety and quality, as well as the protection of workers, visitors, patients and assets of the healthcare facility; working with every department within the healthcare facility to attain and uphold regulatory conformity; and a cooperative relationship with the legal department in examining undesirable events (Manuel et al., 2010). Since the second video is about risk management, the video would increase safety and risk management efforts in healthcare organization.  

The videos could help a risk management program primarily by facilitating the prevention of risk events; facilitating departmental coordination whose goal is to create an overall risk management framework that serves to encourage department managers to collaborate towards the common objective of enhanced patient safety and safety; and facilitating correction aimed at reducing the impact of an event and preventing similar or future incidences (Clancy, 2011). The videos emphasize on the power of one whereby everyone is responsible for patient safety. According to the second video, managing risk in a healthcare facility is a key priority and everyone can enhance patient safety and help reduce serious safety events to help get to zero serious events. It is noteworthy that risk management program involves taking action through prevention, correction, accurate and complete documentation, education, departmental coordination, incident reporting and complaints (Ballard, 2003). The second video stresses on risk management through risk reduction and is in line with the risk management program.

The best video is the first one. This is because its message is not only about keeping the patient/children safe, but also keeping one another safe. On the hand, the second video is only about the safety of the patient and does not mention anything about team member safety, unlike the first video. The first video highlights that we have to keep each other and our children safe, and that we have to hold each other accountable for the safety of each other. Keeping not only the patient safe, but also one another is very important in a healthcare organization.

References

Ballard, K. (2003). Patient Safety: A Shared Responsibility. American Nurses Association, 48(2): 32.

Clancy, C. M. (2011). Focus on Patient Safety: Patient Safety in Nursing Practice. Journal of Nursing Care, 67(8): 76.

Manuel, B. M., McCarthy, J. L., Berry, W., & Dwyer, K. (2010). Risk Management and Patient Safety. AHRQ.

Shannon, L. D. (2010). The Purpose and Goals of Risk Management. Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.

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