The purpose of this assignment is to create an educational program that supports the implementation of risk management strategies in a healthcare organization.
In this assignment, you will develop an outline for an “in‐service”‐style educational risk management program for employees of a particular healthcare organization that will then form the basis for a PowerPoint presentation in Topic 5. Select your topic for this educational session from one of the proposed recommendations or changes you suggested in the Risk Management Program Analysis – Part One assignment to enhance, improve, or secure compliance standards in your chosen risk management plan example.
Create a 500‐750-word comprehensive outline that communicates the following about your chosen topic:
1- Introduction: Identify the risk management topic you have chosen to address and why it is important within your healthcare sector.
2- Rationale: Illustrate how this risk management strategy is lacking within your selected organization’s current risk management plan and explain how its implementation will better meet local, state, and federal compliance standards.
Support: Provide data that indicate the need for this proposed risk management initiative and demonstrate how it falls under the organization’s legal responsibility to provide a safe healthcare facility and work environment.
3- Implementation: Describe the steps to implement the proposed strategy in your selected healthcare organization.
4- Challenges: Predict obstacles the healthcare organization may face in executing this risk management strategy and propose solutions to navigate or preempt these potentially difficult outcomes.
5- Evaluation: Outline your plan to evaluate the success of the proposed risk management program and how well it meets the organization’s short-term, long-term, and end goals.
6- Opportunities: Recommend additional risk management improvements in adjacent areas of influence that the organization could or should address moving forward.
You are required to support your statements with a minimum of six citations from appropriate updated (5 years old) credible sources.
Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is not required.
Risk Management Educational Program Outline for a Healthcare Organization
The risk management topic chosen for this educational program is the implementation of a comprehensive hand hygiene program in healthcare facilities. It is essential because healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a significant threat to patient safety and result in increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs.
Hand hygiene is lacking within many healthcare organizations’ current risk management plans, leading to high HAI rates. The implementation of a hand hygiene program will better meet local, state, and federal compliance standards, reduce HAI rates, and improve patient safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), proper hand hygiene can prevent up to 50% of HAIs. It is also a legal responsibility of healthcare organizations to provide a safe facility and work environment.
a) The CDC reports that 1 in 31 hospitalized patients will contract an HAI.
b) The World Health Organization (WHO) states that proper hand hygiene can reduce the risk of HAI by 30-50%.
c) According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the implementation of a hand hygiene program resulted in a significant decrease in HAI rates.
The following steps can be taken to implement a hand hygiene program:
a) Develop a hand hygiene policy and procedure that aligns with CDC and WHO guidelines.
b) Provide education and training to healthcare workers on proper hand hygiene techniques.
c) Implement a monitoring and feedback system to track compliance and provide feedback to healthcare workers.
d) Implement a hand hygiene product supply chain that ensures adequate availability of hand hygiene products throughout the healthcare facility.
The healthcare organization may face challenges in executing this risk management strategy, such as:
a) Resistance from healthcare workers who may view hand hygiene compliance as time-consuming and inconvenient.
b) Limited financial resources to invest in the necessary infrastructure and supplies.
To navigate these potential obstacles, the healthcare organization can:
a) Provide ongoing education and training to healthcare workers to emphasize the importance of hand hygiene and the impact on patient safety.
b) Secure funding through grants or reallocation of resources from other areas.
To evaluate the success of the hand hygiene program, the following plan can be implemented:
a) Measure compliance with hand hygiene policy and procedure using direct observation.
b) Monitor HAI rates before and after the implementation of the hand hygiene program.
c) Conduct surveys to assess healthcare worker satisfaction with the hand hygiene program and identify areas for improvement.
d) Review the program’s outcomes against short-term, long-term, and end goals.
The healthcare organization can consider addressing adjacent areas of influence to enhance risk management, such as:
a) Implementing an antibiotic stewardship program to reduce the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections.
b) Enhancing environmental cleaning and disinfection protocols.
c) Developing a vaccination program to protect patients and healthcare workers from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Healthcare-associated infections. https://www.cdc.gov/hai/index.html
World Health Organization. (2009). WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in healthcare. https://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/tools/9789241597906/en/
Safdar, N., Abad, C. L., & Maki, D. G. (2006). The implementation of a hand hygiene program at a university hospital: Impact on compliance and infection rates. American Journal of Infection Control, 34(10), 606-609. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2006.05.006