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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 212-216

Study of patient safety mandatory infrastructure in Isfahan Hospitals


1 Health Information Management, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Health Services Management, School of Management and Medical Information, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3 Chief Executive Officer of Al-Zahra Medical Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
4 PhD Educational Administration, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
5 Health Services Management, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Vahideh Rostami
M.Sc Student, Health Services Managem ent, Student Research Committee, School of Management and Medical Information, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.130736

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Context: Patient safety is a critical component of health care quality. In addition to human suffering, unsafe health care exerts a heavy economic cost on the healthcare system. Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the patient safety infrastructure standards in selected hospitals of Isfahan. Subjects and Methods: The present descriptive-analytic study was carried out cross-sectional in spring of 2013. Data were collected using mandatory standards checklist, used by World Health Organization to assess patient safety in hospital, through observation, interviews, and reviewing documents in selected hospitals in Isfahan. The data were analyzed using SPSS 21 and descriptive-inferential statistical methods. Hospitals were classified into three levels of low (lower than 50%), average (5o-70%), and high (higher than 70%) based on the compliance level with infrastructure standards of patient safety. Results: The overall compliance level of patient safety infrastructure standards mean 57.6 ± 14.92 was evaluated average in the studied hospital. Leadership and management with the highest mean (69.5%) were evaluated as average and the patient and public involvement domain with the lowest mean (37.5%) were evaluated low. Conclusions: In total, the overall compliance level of patient safety infrastructure was evaluated average in the studied hospital. Given that acquiring 100% of critical standards in the four domains are essential to be considered at the basic level of patient safety friendly hospital; necessary investments in strategic and operational planning should be considered in order to achieve 100% standards in the four domains.


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