Table 2, Chapter 44Strongly encouraged patient safety practices

  • Preoperative checklists and anesthesia checklists to prevent operative and post-operative events
  • Bundles that include checklists to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • Interventions to reduce urinary catheter use, including catheter reminders, stop orders, or nurse-initiated removal protocols
  • Bundles that include head-of-bed elevation, sedation vacations, oral care with chlorhexidine, and subglottic-suctioning endotracheal tubes to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Hand hygiene
  • “Do Not Use” list for hazardous abbreviations
  • Multicomponent interventions to reduce pressure ulcers
  • Barrier precautions to prevent healthcare-associated infections
  • Use of real-time ultrasound for central line placement
  • Interventions to improve prophylaxis for venous thromboembolisms

From: Chapter 44, Discussion

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Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices.
Evidence Reports/Technology Assessments, No. 211.

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