Medical errors are mistakes that occur when health care providers choose an inappropriate care method or execute an incorrect care a patient. Majority of medical errors arise due to fault in medical systems and possesses that are poorly designed. It is evident that all medical errors are a patient safely concern and hence one of the joint commission concerns. There are medical errors that are presentable and some of them are wrong site surgery, administration of wring medication in cases where the correct one was ordered, wrong blood type transfusion just to mention but a few errors.
Joint commission concerns
The joint commission aims at improving health care for the general public by encouraging health care providers to provide safe, effective and quality care. It is therefore necessary to report any kind of medical errors to the joint commission so that it can ensure the safety of patients and general public. Since the commission strives to improve patient safety, there is need to prevent occurrence of medical errors and improvise fast ways to deal with the errors when they occur (Rosenthal and Sutcliffe, 2002).
An example of the initiatives taken by nurses is the notification of the doctor about overdose given to a patient by a nurse who read 50 instead of 5U. Therefore the Joint commission should encourage nurses to report any cases of medical errors to respective doctors in order to increase patient safety and minimize the number of deaths resulting from medical errors.
The joint commission should have knowledge of the various causes of medical errors in order to identify the methods of preventing these errors. Some of the causes are medical industry system problems for instance over-tired doctors with busy time schedules and inefficiency which leads to poor utilization of funds (Rosenthal, 2002).
Quality improvement strategy to reduce medical error
Providing health care is complicated task and some mistakes are unavoidable. Most of the medical errors can however be avoided if doctors and other medical practitioners took extra care for instance by not misdiagnosing illnesses or delaying to diagnose. The other strategy that can help reduce medical errors is for there to be appropriate communication between the various medical service providers for instance between doctors and nurses. Good communication between the practitioners will reduce medical errors due to administering of the wrong prescription or dosage. For instance the medical error due to the nurse who read 50 instead of 5U could have been prevented if there was appropriate communication between the doctors and the nurses (Mabry, 2010).
The other vital strategy that can help reduce medical errors now and in the future is to introduce or implement computerized drug ordering system. This will reduce the cases of administering patients the wrong drugs and dosage and hence help reduce cases of medical errors by a greater percentage. The government should also set a goal that aims to reduce medical errors over a given period of time. Action and initiatives should be taken to achieve the set goals and standards (Rosenthal, 2002).
Since medical areas are known to cause death in one out of 10 patients, it is advisable for medical practitioners to try as much as they can to prevent these medical errors. Improvement of the medical system is of the essence since research has shown that most of the medical errors are due to the medical system and not due to people working within the medical system.
Mabry, R. L. (2010) Medical Error. Abingdon Pr.
Rosenthal, M.M.,& Sutcliffe, K.M. (2002) Medical error: what do we know? What do we do? Jossey-Bass.