Hospitals across the state of Arkansas are signing on now to participate in a year-long, incentive-based campaign, led by American Data Network PSO, with the aim of fostering a growing culture of safety in hospitals by encouraging the recognition and reporting of patient safety risk before harm happens. ADN PSO’s Good Catch campaign offers participating hospitals the opportunity to significantly increase near miss reporting, reveal process and system vulnerabilities, and develop and implement proactive data-driven improvement activities.

A good catch, often referred to in hospitals as a near miss or close call, is an event that does not reach a patient but only because of chance or timely intervention. A good catch is a win for patients, staff and hospitals because corrective action is taken, and it presents the opportunity to prevent future risk.   

“This initiative is grounded in efforts to promote and support patient safety activities including education to increase awareness, encourage non-punitive reporting, and analysis of near miss data that holds valuable predictors of vulnerabilities that can lead to actual incidents,” Phyllis Ragland, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, Clinical Patient Safety Advisor, said. “The initiative incorporates a tiered awards program to spotlight individual clinicians and physicians who recognize and report near miss events as well as teams and organizations that design and implement innovative improvement strategies and processes proven to mitigate risk and harm.”  

ADN PSO is extending the invitation to participate to all Arkansas hospitals who have until December 31, 2016 to join the campaign. While growth within the movement is ongoing, the following healthcare facilities have signed participation agreements to date:

Baptist Health Medical Center (Arkadelphia)
Baptist Health Medical Center (Heber Springs)
Baptist Health Medical Center (Hot Springs County)
Baptist Health Medical Center (Little Rock)
Baptist Health Medical Center (North Little Rock)
Baptist Health Medical Center (Stuttgart)
Baxter Regional Medical Center
CrossRidge Community Hospital
Conway Regional Medical Center
Saline Memorial Hospital
St. Bernards Medical Center
Unity Health – Harris Medical Center
Unity Health – White County Medical Center
White River Medical Center

In addition, the Good Catch campaign is endorsed by the Arkansas Association for Healthcare Quality, Arkansas Health Executives Forum, Arkansas Hospital Association and Arkansas Organization of Nurse Executives. The campaign will officially launch within participating hospitals on January 1, 2017, and final results and awards are set to be presented in March 2018 in correlation with statewide Patient Safety Awareness Week activities.

To learn more about the Good Catch campaign or to join Arkansas’ movement to improve patient safety using near miss analytics, click here