Publish date: March 2020*
*This is the latest printed version of the APSS Blueprint.
This educational resource is designed to be applicable across healthcare professions and relevant to novice learners through expert facilitators. It can be effectively facilitated by any clinician willing to teach and learn regardless of their expertise in patient safety.
Use this resource selectively or it can be adopted in its entirety as a developmental thread over a multi-year program integral to your healthcare clinicians’ professional development.
Read the full description below.
Welcome to the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) curricular resource. It is our mission to provide curricular materials that are adaptable to clinical learners across professional development, applicable across healthcare professions, emphasizing the benefits of team-based care and highlighting patient and family voices in the healthcare experience. By doing so, we strive to support development of the knowledge, skills, attitude, and behaviors needed to prepare healthcare providers to join the movement to improve patient safety and eliminate preventable medical error.
Why use it?
Dramatic advances in medical care, specialization, pharmacotherapeutics, and technology have benefited our patients, but also added complexity to care that increases risk of medical error and potential harm. The National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) 1999 “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” reported a shocking estimate of 44,000- 98,000 deaths annually due to preventable errors in care. A 2013 study using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Global Trigger Tool estimates an unimaginable 210,000 to 400,000 annual deaths due to error. A British Medical Journal publication in 2016 reported medical error to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. National efforts to reduce medical error have stimulated growth of a new field of study: patient safety.
Thank you for your interest in our resource and stepping up to facilitate change. Does your educational program prepare clinicians with a foundation in patient safety knowledge,
skills, and attitudes necessary to provide safe care? This cost-effective, practical approach to patient safety utilizes typical clinical settings and experiences that are readily available to your facilitators and learners.
Participants in this curriculum will:
- Develop improved knowledge of the science, as well as the human side, of patient safety
- Gain skill in applying safe care practices in clinical settings to reduce medical error
- Value the role of patients and families as members of the healthcare team striving to deliver patient-oriented safe care
- Demonstrate effective personal and team behaviors that support just culture and high-reliability health system performance
- Advance the goal of the PSMF: “Zero preventable healthcare related deaths by 2020”
Who should use this?
Everyone can benefit from this educational resource! It is designed to be applicable across healthcare professions and relevant to novice learners through expert facilitators. Perhaps your institution has not yet hired a clinical team expert in teaching patient safety. This resource can be effectively facilitated by any clinician willing to teach and learn regardless of their expertise in patient safety.
When is it useful?
The early preclinical years are a perfect time to begin! We have included “lay” scenarios that illustrate patient safety principles that learners can identify with when not yet familiar with the clinical environment. This background will allow healthcare trainees entering the clinical setting to recognize comparable system deficiencies and successes, and individual behaviors that either promote or risk patient safety. The curricular resource is also well suited to clinicians in practice who desire to improve their patient safety knowledge and skills, and to embrace the goals of a culture of safety and patient-oriented safe care.
Where can it be used?
The choice is yours! Resources are provided for classroom-based didactics, cases, and videos to promote small group discussion, role-play scenarios for skill development, as well as prompts for individual reflection.
Suggestions for opportunities in clinical settings to emphasize patient safety concepts are also offered.
What’s in it?
- An “executive summary” provides an overview of the content. Identify an area of interest and go to that domain section. Each domain “module” contains:
- A sticky note to highlight relevance of this domain to national patient safety goals
- Domain definition
- Learning objectives
- Examples of competency achieved
- Role play materials (limited domains)
- Resources for learners and facilitators
How can it be implemented?
Implementation begins with you! Consider your personal interaction with learners. What opportunities to emphasize patient safety concepts already exist? How can you optimize these teaching moments?
- Introduce colleagues to this resource
- Work together to seek opportunities to integrate patient safety concepts, with minor adjustment, to existing curricular materials
- Identify patient safety curricular gaps you wish to address
- Foster learning!
Identify your learners’ current level of development:
- Select a teaching strategy and resource
- Determine how your learners will reflect competency
- Curricular integration!
Use this resource selectively or the curricular resource can be adopted in its entirety as a developmental thread over a multi-year program integral to your healthcare clinicians’ professional development.
This resource is designed to be flexible to meet your needs!
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