Crossett, Ark. – Ashley County Medical Center is partnering with American Data Network
PSO (ADNPSO) in an initiative aimed at collecting and analyzing Specimen
events which are prevalent, costly and can lead to serious medical mistakes
including diagnostic errors and inappropriate treatments.
“Laboratory testing is essential to medical decision-making. Unfortunately,
mix-ups and mishaps happen -- inside and outside of the lab,” Phyllis
Ragland, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, Clinical Patient Safety Advisor with ADNPSO,
said. “In fact, the literature suggests incidents like mislabeling
and inaccurate patient identification, which are carried out before specimens
even get to the lab, make up the majority of specimen events. The good
news is these are highly preventable.”
Specimen data collection began November 1, 2018 and ends July 31, 2019.
During the study, Patient Safety staff from Ashley County Medical Center
will have the opportunity to participate in two analytic learning sessions
to review aggregated data, identify opportunities for improvement and
evaluate the impact of corrective actions with experts from ADNPSO and
other participating facilities.
The following organizations are participating in the statewide, collaborative
project: Ashley County Medical Center, Baptist Health System (Arkadelphia,
Conway, Heber Springs, Hot Springs County, Little Rock, North Little Rock,
and Stuttgart), Baxter Regional Medical Center, Conway Regional Medical
Community Hospital, Howard Memorial Hospital, St. Bernards Medical Center,
and Unity Health (Harris
Hospital and White County Medical Center).
To learn more about ADNPSO’s Specimen Focused Study, contact Phyllis
Ragland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870.672.1788.