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Not sure where to start? Use this chart to identify areas in need of improvement and get started on your patient safety plan.

Patient Safety Planning Tools / Getting started

The Patient Safety Planning Tools can be read in any order. Here are some suggestions for where to begin based on the needs of your organization.

IF YOU... START WITH ONE OF THESE SECTIONS...

PLAN THESE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE

SEED YOUR SUCCESS


Coordination

Objectives

Readiness

Training

Testing

Tracking

Leadership

Communication

Culture
Struggle to respond to adverse events

Need tools to evaluate progress

Have identified areas to improve

Have leadership support to start

Lack leadership support

Lack a common understanding among staff about patient safety


This page was adapted from the Betsy Lehman Center's Patient Safety Navigator. Visit the navigator website to learn more about analyzing adverse events, communicating in the aftermath of serious harm, and reporting medical errors to state and federal agencies.