How would you react if you found out that your healthcare provider was using a faulty medical device or medication? How would you report it? Would you even know where to start?
Medical devices are vital tools that help save lives. They include everything from pacemakers to insulin pumps. Unfortunately, some of these devices malfunction or fail to function properly. If they do, patients could suffer serious injury or death.
Healthcare providers should be trained to recognize potential problems with their equipment and take action to prevent them. The Healthcare Incident Reporting Software (HIRS) helps hospitals and other health care facilities identify and address issues before they become major incidents. HIRS also provides a way to track and manage reports.
The software is designed for use by any organization that has an electronic record system. It can be used as part of an overall program to improve patient safety and reduce errors.
A number of organizations have developed programs to collect and analyze information about medical device-related events. These efforts include:
- National Quality Forum’s Patient Safety Goals
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare Program
- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations’ Sentinel Events
- Institute for Safe Medication Practices
- And numerous others
These programs provide valuable insights into the types of events that occur in hospitals and how they might be prevented. However, most of these programs focus on specific types of events such as surgical site infections or falls. And while there are many different types of events that can happen during hospital stays, they all share one common characteristic—they represent failures in care.
In addition, none of these programs focuses specifically on medical devices. As a result, they may not capture important details about what happened when a medical device failed. For example, they don’t usually ask questions like “Who did this event affect?” or “Was anyone harmed?”
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