Optimizing Medical Device Safety: A Closed Loop Process
February 22, 2017 — 08:30AM EST - 09:30AM EST
Orange County Convention Center
Continuing Education Credits:
Biomedical Engineers in the Veterans Healthcare Administration (VHA) have led the charge to standardize and optimize the process for safety alerts, recalls and incidents involving medical devices through the lean process re-design. This work has reduced redundancies and duplicative steps and improved the understanding of roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders. The re-designed process is now a closed loop utilizing multiple internal software applications and databases as well as standardized nomenclature and SQL reporting tools. The re-designed process ensures that facilities comply with and complete assigned actions and allows for oversight review by local, regional and national levels of the VHA organization.
Deliverables of this presentation will benefit any healthcare organization by providing an example of assessing and improving a large, complex process, providing checklists for responding to incidents and recalls, valuable reports and developing a comprehensive patient safety training plan.