Patient safety has gained increasing interest and importance in the endoscopy suite. To maintain standards in patient identification, confidentiality, medication safety, and specimen handling while still meeting The Joint Commission or other agency requirements, all employees must be part of this process. This article demonstrates ways to accomplish this goal, using audits of safety standards that increase staff involvement. A sample audit tool is provided, along with methods to help all employees feel empowered to meet standards and report any patient safety issues.
Jill A. Ragsdale, BSN, RN, CGRN, is Staff Nurse, GI Endoscopy, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.
Correspondence to: Jill A. Ragsdale, BSN, RN, CGRN, GI Endoscopy, Virginia Mason Medical Center, 2262 13th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 (e-mail: email@example.com).
Received March 6, 2008
Accepted June 11, 2008