Pulling the Trigger on Harm: New Trigger Tools in Development
Ever since the introduction of the Trigger Tool concept as a method for identifying adverse events, clinical teams around the world have created adaptations for specific patient populations and locations of care without reliable methods to identify harm. Two new versions of Trigger Tools are currently in development, one for pediatric inpatients and the other for emergency departments.
The Need for More Reliable Ways to Measure Harm
Medical care that causes harm — otherwise known as adverse events (AEs) — are a leading cause of death and injury in the US. For many years, the difficulty of effectively measuring harm was a key obstacle to making care safer for patients. Traditional methods for finding and measuring harm — including chart audits, incident reports, or voluntary administrative reporting — have been inadequate.
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