Two years after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, how is the patient, staff and visitor safety landscape changing, and what might the future hold?
MINNEAPOLIS, March 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — VigiLanz, a clinical monitoring company, today announced the release of its fourth annual Hospital Patient Safety Report.
The Hospital Patient Safety Report, published annually since 2019, serves as a barometer of safety performance in US hospitals and reveals evolving safety challenges, initiatives and priorities. The 2022 report, which also highlights the impact of the pandemic on the safety of patients, staff and visitors, is based on an independent survey of 100 hospital and health system leaders in January 2022 by Sage Growth Partners.
Nearly one in three hospital executives and clinic heads surveyed said their organization was not doing enough to deal with the vulnerabilities exposed to the pandemic, and nearly one in five said the challenges associated with the pandemic, such as burnout and shortages, put patients’ lives at risk. .
“While many hospital executives and clinical leaders see significant safety issues within their organizations, the survey also reveals that most are advancing and prioritizing improvements, with around three-quarters saying the pandemic has makes improving patient, staff and visitor safety a higher priority,” said VigiLanz President and CEO David Goldsteen, MD. “We are excited to see the positive impact this commitment to positive change will have on everyone in healthcare organizations.”
Among the key findings and ideas of the report:
33% hospital executives and clinical leaders say their organization has not done enough to address the safety issues exposed by the pandemic.
86% say burnout has led to decreased patient safety, while 21% say it has caused patient deaths.
42% indicate that their rate of nosocomial infections has increased over the past 12 months.
78% say the pandemic has led to new patient safety improvement initiatives, 77% say it has led to staff safety improvement initiatives, and 72% say it has led to initiatives improving visitor safety.
“Hospital leaders face several security challenges, but the good news is that they are embracing new initiatives and allocating more resources to address them,” said Dr. Hayley BurgessClinical Director, Vigilanz.
She also noted that 64% of respondents indicated that the pandemic has led to an increase in the budget for improving staff security, 58% report better budgeting for improved patient safety, and 49% to improve visitor safety.
“As hospitals consider various safety improvement initiatives, implementing clinical monitoring technology is a good choice to improve the identification of safety issues, which speeds up the improvement cycle,” said said Dr. Burgess.
Overall, the Hospital Safety Report shows that health officials agree that clinical monitoring technology has a positive impact on hospital safety, whether or not they currently use the technology.
Among survey respondents who are already using the technology, there is broad consensus on the benefits. These range from an increased ability to identify and manage security events to earlier identification of infections or outbreaks. Additionally, 92% of hospital and clinical leaders whose organizations are already integrating the technology say it supports their hospital’s efforts to respond to the pandemic.
“The 2022 Hospital Patient Safety Report provides a unique opportunity for the industry to begin measuring the impact of the pandemic on national hospital safety trends,” said Dan D’Orazio, CEO of Sage Growth Partners. “Staff shortages, clinical burnout, infection control and pharmacy challenges have had a huge impact on hospital safety, but there is substantial opportunity to overcome these challenges, and I believe the industry will.”
For more information and key takeaways from the survey results, including the impact of the pandemic and the evolution of how hospitals approach safety in key areas such as infection prevention , pharmaceutical oversight and antimicrobial stewardship, please visit https://vigilanzcorp.com/hospital-patient-safety-report-2022/.
Founded in 2001, Vigilanz is a fast growing private provider of SaaS-based clinical monitoring, safety, quality and risk solutions. The company is focused on transforming the delivery of quality care by bringing together EHR transactional workflow and documentation data in healthcare systems to identify clinical issues in real time that avoid or minimize harm, optimize clinical outcomes and support preventive care. Vigilanz is a clinical partner to a large and growing community of hospitals CMO, CMIOCIOs, quality and safety teams, infectious disease and control specialists, pharmacists and other clinicians dedicated to innovative hospital care in real time.
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