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Why Checklists Are Important In Healthcare

August 1, 2019 at 3:36 PM

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Checklists provide a wealth of positive impact within healthcare organizations. Whether you are looking to effectively report incidents, prevent falls, or reduce overall risk, it all starts with a proven checklist. Here are the top reasons why checklists are so important in healthcare.

What are checklists?

Checklists are defined as lists of actions arranged in a systematic manner that allow the user to consistently perform each action, record the completion, and minimize errors. In healthcare, checklists can help employees and staff achieve consistently improved outcomes. 

How do checklists help healthcare organizations improve outcomes?

As reimbursements continue to become scrutinized and healthcare organizations look to improve value-based care, improved efficiencies and streamlined processes are a must. Checklists provide a fantastic foundation for this type of systemic organizational improvement. With strong checklists, healthcare organizations can: 

  1. Promote More Effective Patient Rounding 
    Automated checklists promote effective, purposeful, and standardized patient rounding. 

  2. Improve Quality Monitoring 
    Checklists ensure that employees and staff can effectively share data, measure outcomes, and track clinical performance across the entire organization.

  3. Prevent Falls 
    By implementing checklists, it's easier for employees to take precautions to prevent falls from occurring. Think about how many patients a nurse sees in just one shift: that's a lot of information to keep track of. Having a proper checklist in place helps keep busy staff members on track and focusing on providing high quality care (rather than recalling every item on a mental to-do list.)  

  4. Minimize Environment of Care Risks 
    Are Wet Floor signs used and removed in a timely manner? Is the hallway clear? Are Emergency Exits clear of obstructions? Do all the light switches have covers? Are clinical staff wearing no-slip shoes? Checklists like these help minimize or eliminate Environment of Care (EOC) risks by monitoring the patient environment for safety and satisfaction.

If you have yet to implement checklists in your healthcare workplace (or you want to ensure that you are utilizing the checklists you have appropriately), download our guide to Checklists in Healthcare below: 

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