Trigger Tools

July 26, 2016    |   By: Kathy Wire, JD, MBA, CPHRM, CPPS

Trigger tools help healthcare providers identify possible safety events and concerns by looking at conditions that often accompany those safety events.  For example, by examining the administration of rescue drugs (the trigger), a provider may identify safety risk to residents/patients from poor glycemic control.  While the proper use of trigger tools can be time consuming, they can shine light on many otherwise hidden concerns.  The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has developed a trigger tool for skilled nursing facilities, which is available at no charge here.  IHI is also offering a virtual course starting August 10 for those interested in learning more about the tool and how it can support safety and quality learning.  There is a fee.  More information about the course and registration is available here.

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