Risk assessment involves determining the potential risks or negative consequences of an action or situation, evaluating the extent of those risks, and deciding whether to accept, mitigate, or prevent those risks.
Risk analysis is key to good risk management; for example, as a process to evaluate near misses or close calls and other high-risk processes where a failure would result in a sentinel event. One proactive risk analysis tool is Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). Hospitals might also use similar tools to proactively identify and to reduce risks, such as a Hazard Vulnerability Analysis.
To use risk analysis tools effectively, the organization’s leaders need to adopt and learn the approach, prioritize a list of high-risk processes in terms of patient and staff safety, and then use the tools on those priorities. After analyzing the results, the organization’s leaders need to take action to redesign the process or to reduce the risk in the process.
After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:
- Describe the importance of performing an organizational risk assessment and analysis.
- Discuss ways to conduct a proactive risk assessment and analysis.
- Explain the uses of risk assessment for improving patient safety.
This activity is relevant to hospital clinical leaders, risk management, training and education, human resources and patient safety professionals, medical staff, nursing staff, and others involved in evaluating individual performance.
Susan Hill, RN, MA
Nurse Surveyor, The Joint Commission
Rita Snyder, RN, MSN, NE-BC, CHSP
Field Surveyor, Hospital and Ambulatory Programs, The Joint Commission
Divisional Vice President of Accreditation and Operational Patient Safety
Catholic Healthcare Partners Health System
Burt Thelander, PMHCNS-BC, NE-BC
Field Representative, The Joint Commission
Performance Improvement Specialist, NYU-Langone Medical Center
These presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. These presenters have also attested that their discussions will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.
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The live activity is approved for 1 hour (0.1CEU).
ACPE # 0761-9999-13-086-L04-P; 0761-9999-13-086-L04-T
The enduring activity is approved for 1 hour (0.1CEU).
ACPE # 0761-9999-13-093-H04-P; 0761-9999-13-093-H04-T
National Association for Healthcare Quality
This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) CE credits.
Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
- View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide
- Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test
- A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form
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