Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

13A Air Embolism

The Air Embolism APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce adverse events related to Air Embolisms. Actionable steps to improve Air Embolisms in patients and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for Air Embolism prevention
  • Knowledge base on treating Air Embolisms
  • How to educate patients and family members about different aspects of Air Embolisms
  • Air Embolism resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve Air Embolisms and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem Because 15% of air embolism cases are asymptomatic and nearly all are sudden, standardized, universal prevention procedures are essential to reduce the occurrence (McCarthy et al., 2017). The prevention techniques are already available in most hospitals, and therefore require little additional investment, but require prioritization and bundling to ensure

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