Although auditing is embedded into clinical culture, data collection tends to be retrospective, requires expertise, and is time consuming.
data are needed in real time to manage patient safety
An iterative approach was undertaken to develop the electronic audit
tool with a cross-sectional survey used for evaluation.
The Combined Bedside and Risk Assessment
tool captures patient safety
risk and compliance such as falls, pressure injuries, and infections.
More than 17 956 safety audits were collected on randomly selected inpatients. Monthly audits completion average is 96% (n = 614). Patient safety
risk mitigation is available in real time. Stakeholders stated that the CoBRA tool was useful in educating patients on risks (n = 141; 78.3%), improved patient care (n = 120; 67.4%), and prompted staff to modify patient care based on CoBRA findings (n = 98; 54%).
The electronic CoBRA process facilitates patient safety
risk mitigation and data transparency.