AACI has established a universal patient safety program pertinent to all healthcare and dental organizations. Key indicators form monitoring and measuring will be established by AACI on an annual basis. These indicators shall be determined by current conditions relevant to patient safety in the healthcare arena and by input from all AACI stakeholders.
1. Reduce hospital acquired infections and associated patient hazards:
- 1.1. Establishing a cultural awareness of hand-washing and its absolute necessity in the patient care setting;
- 1.2. Surveillance and review of inappropriate use of antibiotics;
- 1.3. Surveillance and review of decontamination, storage, and delivery processes associated with endoscopic and other re-usable medical devices (RMD).
2. Improve patient safety by:
- 2.1. Establishing meaningful, accurate, and timely content of the medical record;
- 2.2. Ensure timely completion and availability of medical records;
- 2.3. Improve security of medical records.
3. Improve surgical outcome by implementation of WHO preoperative checklist (time-out- see AACI Accreditation Standard V5.0)
4. Establish an Opiate use surveillance Committee (see AACI Accreditation Standard V5.0)
As a result of emerging information related to patient safety in the hospital setting we are asking our clients to embrace all of the concepts noted above.
1. Surveillance and review of hand-washing and the appropriate use of PPE (gloves, gowns, masks, etc.)
2. Surveillance and review sterilization, decontamination, storage, and delivery processes associated with re-usable dental devices.
3. Establishment of a time-out process to include a review of the dental patient’s relevant medical history and the contemplated procedure prior to its delivery. Patient participation is required.