Patient Safety Challenges in Ambulatory Care
- Most ambulatory settings lack the human and financial resources to support robust safety and quality improvement operations.
- Ambulatory care is less technologically complex, but often more logistically complex than inpatient care, which can create more challenging information exchange problems.
- The dispersed nature of outpatient care can result in longer times to identify and document errors.
- Greater reliance on patients and their roles both as a primary source for information and also understanding of and agreement with care protocols establish opportunities for patient safety events to occur.
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