FMEA Reference Toolkit

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FMEA Reference Toolkit:
Essential Templates and Charts for Your Hospital

Still struggling with FMEAs?

The Joint Commission requires hospitals to illustrate quality of care improvement. It can be a challenge to find the time and resources to start each of your failure modes and effects analyses (FMEAs) from scratch. In addition, wouldn’t it be nice to have better diagnostic tools to use in your Root Cause Analyses? When done properly, FMEAs, and RCAs can provide substantial opportunities for:

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

Get the tools you need in a new, easy-to-use format. FMEA Reference Toolkit: Essentials Templates and Charts for Your Hospital provides you with:

  • More than 40 editable failure modes diagrams to use as starting points for your FMEAs and RCAs.
  • More than 600 individual pre-defined failure modes
  • Easy–to-use Excel spreadsheet that allows you to sort and manage your failure modes as well as calculate, analyze, and graph risk priority numbers
  • A unique rollup process that allows you to aggregate and look at your potential risks at multiple levels
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Seasoned expertise

Turn to this valuable resource for:

  • Jump starting your Analysis —The CD includes failure modes diagrams for the most frequently asked for FMEAs, some of which include:
    1. Medication safety process
    2. Fall prevention process
    3. Blood products process
    4. Medication reconciliation process
    5. Sterile supplies process
    6. Registration process
  • Editable Information—All the FMEA charts are provided in editable and easy-to-use PowerPoint formats, and the Excel
    database allows users to enter their own information and data about processes specific to their facility
  • Comparing your failure modes—The spreadsheet part of this toolkit provides the ability to roll up and compare your risks among different processes in the facility as well as use standard Excel tools to select the specific failure modes you want to incorporate and analyze and graph the results
  • Using the same core knowledge for both FMEAs and RCAs- In addition to understanding how a process can fail, the
    failure modes charts are also ideal for pinpointing where an error has occurred.
  • A great starting point for getting your hands around your processes!

About the author:

Kenneth R. Rohde is a senior consultant for The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. He brings more than 25 years of experience in quality management to his work. His roles in performance improvement and project management make him uniquely qualified to assist medical staff members and hospital leaders in developing solutions to their toughest challenges. Rohde is the author of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis: Templates and Tools to Improve Patient Safety and Making Your Data Work: Tools and Templates for Effective Analysis, and has spoken on numerous related audio conferences. He instructs, speaks, and consults in the areas of error reduction strategies, root cause analysis, improving performance through process simplification, apparent cause analysis, patient safety evaluation and improvement, change management, corrective action program evaluation and redesign, and human performance evaluations.

Published: August 2008