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Patient Safety Initiatives

In 2001, Indiana University Health launched its Patient Safety Program with multidisciplinary, academic and national support. IU Health has continued to add to and enhance its safety initiatives each year. Here is a brief look at a few elements of the program.

  • Since 2001, the Safe Passage program has helped ensure the safest possible environment for patients and staff at IU Health, and served to protect patients' rights to safe passage through the health care system. IU Health created the program, in part, by becoming the first hospital system in the nation to institute the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' (AACN) Synergy Model of patient care. By matching patient needs with nursing expertise, the program has helped to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • In 2002, IU Health became the first hospital system in the world to use the Alaris IV pump to ensure proper dosages of medication. The Alaris Medical Systems' Medley Patient Care System has a unique self-checking feature that prevents caregivers from accidentally administering incorrect dosages by halting the process when instructions given don't match the system's patient and drug profiles.
  • IU Health adopted Web-based incident reporting in 2005. Now there is no lag time between incident reporting/medication variances and review, allowing for faster follow-up. Computer entry automatically files reports with a manager, a pharmacist and our Risk Management department. Faster reviews and responses enhance patient safety.
  • IU Health initiated the annual Patient Safety Summit in 2005 to encourage collaboration among Indiana health care providers, while also showcasing examples of world-class safety initiatives.
  • IU Health works consistently to ensure compliance with Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals, which include: improving the accuracy of patient identification; improving the effectiveness of communication among caregivers, improving the safety of using medications; and encouraging the active involvement of patients and their families in patient care as a patient safety strategy.