Author: Alisa Khan

I-PASS electronic nightly family signout: Empowering families of hospitalized children

A nightly family signout not only helps families of hospitalized children sleep better, but also empowers them to play an active role in patient safety.
A nightly family signout not only helps families of hospitalized children sleep better, but also empowers them to play an active role in patient safety.
Alisa Khan, MD, is a pediatric hospitalist and health services research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital. She and Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, research director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics Service, recently received a Community/Patient Empowerment Award at the National Pediatric Innovation Summit sponsored by the hospital.

Miscommunications are a root cause of more than 70 percent of sentinel events, the most serious preventable adverse events in hospitals, according to data from the Joint Commission and the Department of Defense. As Vector reported yesterday, a bundle of interventions focused on improving patient “handoffs” during clinician shift changes, piloted at Boston Children’s Hospital, resulted in a 46 percent reduction in medical errors and a 54 percent reduction in preventable adverse events. What’s now known as I-PASS is now being implemented at 10 children’s hospitals across the U.S.

While I-PASS has greatly improved patient safety and communication between medical providers, it does not currently involve the family. Yet families play a pivotal safety role, advocating for their children and monitoring their progress through acute illness.

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