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Failure Modes and Effect Analysis:
Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety

Kenneth Rohde    


Transform FMEAs from a regulatory "must do" to an effective quality and performance improvement tool!

Your hospital must perform at least one failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) each year according to The Joint Commission. Although this process is proven to help address potential problems in patient care before they happen, many hospitals struggle to get true value out of it. The reality is that the advantages of FMEAs are long-lasting. When executed correctly, they can provide substantial opportunities for:

  • Quality and performance improvement
  • Enhanced patient safety
  • Increased efficiency

However, the steps required to implement an FMEA are often complicated and time-consuming, especially without the right tools in place. Too often, healthcare professionals don’t take advantage of the powerful analysis an FMEA can provide. If this sounds familiar, then the resource you need has finally arrived.

Take the fear out of FMEAs with proven tools and expert advice.

New from HCPro, Inc., Failure Modes and Effect Analysis: Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety will help guide you through the challenges of FMEAs. This practical book and CD set outlines how to best administer an FMEA in the healthcare setting. The result is a comprehensive tool to help your facility better evaluate and refine processes, and document your results for Joint Commission compliance.

Turn to this resource for:

  • A concise primer on failure modes
  • Step-by-step guidance on the most important elements of an FMEA
  • Real-life examples of better FMEAs for some of today's hottest patient safety topics
  • Tested templates that focus on 10 of the most commonly used FMEAs
  • FMEA expertise from both inside and outside of healthcare

Failure Modes and Effect Analysis: Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety provides the most up-to-date and field-tested information on healthcare FMEAs available anywhere today.

User-friendly format cuts through the confusion

Save time and hassle trying to design and perform an effective FMEA. Written in down-to-earth language, Failure Modes and Effect Analysis: Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety is organized for ultimate usability.

By breaking the process down into key elements, it’ll help change the way you approach, analyze, and use FMEAs to improve patient safety. With this guide in your library, you’ll have instant access to the knowledge you need to:

  • Plan, structure, and execute analysis
  • Understand the difference between system risk vs. behavioral risk
  • Determine risk using scoring tables and other tools
  • Develop corrective actions
  • Manage FMEA effectiveness
  • Use your results to improve quality and performance

Template and tools to help get the job done

Along with detailed guidance and how-to tips, this resource also features templates for eight of the most commonly used FMEAs in healthcare:

  • Medication Process Failure Modes
  • Blood Products Process Failure Modes
  • Patient Falls Prevention Process Failure Modes
  • Connecting and Disconnecting Lines Failure Modes
  • Potential Failure Modes for Registration
  • Information Management Systems Applications Failure Modes
  • Preventing Allergic Reactions to Medications Failure Modes
  • Surgical Stapler Failure Modes   

 Every template is available on the free companion CD-ROM, and is easy to access, download, modify, and use right away!

 Improve performance, safety, and Joint Commission compliance

Whether you dread the required analysis of FMEAs or are simply looking to improve your current process, Failure Modes and Effect Analysis: Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety can help.

With this resource at hand, you will learn to master this complex process, save valuable time, and meet Joint Commission requirements. All while working to improve your facility’s performance, quality, and patient safety!

Meet our expert author

Kenneth R. Rohde is president of KR Rohde LLC, a consulting company specializing in helping organizations deal with their problems. He brings more than 32 years of experience in quality management to his work with hospitals, medical centers, power plants and high-risk manufacturing facilities across the country. Mr. Rohde's roles in performance improvement and project management make him uniquely qualified to assist medical staffs and hospital leaders develop solutions to their toughest challenges. He instructs, speaks, and consults in the areas of error reduction strategies, root cause analysis, improving performance through process simplification, error reduction through effective procedure writing, apparent cause analysis, engineering effectiveness and error reduction, failure modes and effects analysis, effective data collection, analysis and trending, patient safety evaluation and improvement, change management, corrective action program evaluation and redesign, human performance evaluations, and procedure error reduction. Mr. Rohde also specializes in technology-based approaches to preventing human errors.

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Published: June 2007