Now is the time for dentistry to become proactive and actively engaged to protect the public and enhance our profession. This encompasses all aspects of patient safety in the administration of local anesthesia, minimal, moderate and deep sedation/general anesthesia, infection control, medical emergency preparedness, environmental and clinical issues (e.g. fire, occupational hazards, opioid prescribing, etc.), employee and doctor health. Education and outreach to the dental community would be based on evidence based guidelines and would include safety initiatives from the predoctoral level through postdoctoral continuing education.
The DPSF and all formal dental organizations and associations are in a unique position to unify the dental profession to make a real difference in patient dental and oral health by promoting a culture of safety. This is especially important in an age of an extremely unsympathetic and, at times, hostile press and public. Without the creation of a strong, independent voice such as the DPSF, dentistry could appear unresponsive to patient safety issues. DPSF will make a strong and organized stand for patient safety, proving to the world that safe patient care is the first priority of the profession of dentistry.
The Patient Safety Act authorizes AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) to list or designate entities as Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs) that attest to having expertise in identifying the causes of, and interventions to reduce the risk of, threats to the quality and safety of patient care. The work of a PSO is not directed by AHRQ. PSOs essentially serve as contractors to providers and a PSO’s activities for a provider are usually determined by the Patient Safety Act contract entered into by the parties.
The Patient Safety Act establishes criteria for an entity or a component of an entity (component organization) to seek listing as a PSO by AHRQ. The primary activity of an entity or component organization seeking to be listed as a PSO must be to conduct activities to improve patient safety and health care quality. A PSO's workforce must have expertise in analyzing patient safety events, such as the identification, analysis, prevention, and reduction or elimination of the risks and hazards associated with the delivery of patient care.
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Protected information can be obtained, analyzed and aggregated to develop insights into the root causes of pataient safety events – near misses, adverse events, unsafe conditions. This data will be a valuable resource to make positive improvements in patient safety.
Patient safety information can be aggregated to inform about trends, which can measure efficacy of safety initiatives.
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