Studies have shown that human error is one of the leading causes of medical mistakes across all branches of the healthcare industry. In an effort to help prevent such accidents from occurring, different training programs have been adopted that can improve processes, and therefore, patient safety as well.
Officials are hoping one particular training program can help reduce the number of cases of Connecticut Nursing Home Neglect. Reports indicate the state is slated to pilot the new program beginning in the fall.
An article published by The Courant explains the program, called TeamSTEPPS for Long-Term Care, will focus on building a team atmosphere amongst participating caregivers while creating a culture of shared accountability. These goals will be achieved by teaching participants techniques such as "morning huddles" to discuss patient care plans and "time outs" to ensure all those involved in a patient's care are on the same page.
In nursing home settings in particular, the program teaches nurses aides to always bring a care concern to the attention of supervisors at least twice to ensure the problem is communicated.
Similar training programs conducted in hospitals have shown an effectiveness in reducing the number of medical mistakes caused by human error by as much as 12 percent. The training also resulted in patients responding better to treatments.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers are hopeful the new program is successful in preventing the elderly from being victimized.