SafeCare essentials is based on JCI's International Essentials of Health Care Quality and Patient Safety™, which is a rapid assessment tool. It identifies five primary risk areas related to quality and safety. These five areas and the criteria listed for each area were developed from an extensive international literature search on health care quality and safety and are defined as: Leadership Process and Accountability; Educated, Competent and Capable Staff; Safe Environment for Staff and Patients; Clinical Care of Patients; Improvement of Quality And Safety.
“Levels of Effort” are identified for each criterion to provide a means for quickly evaluating the current situation and when repeated later will show progress in reducing risk and improving quality. The Levels of Effort that represent progressive achievement are defined as follows:.
- At Level 0, the desired activity is absent, or there is mostly ad hoc activity related to risk reduction.
- At Level 1, the structure of more uniform risk-reduction activity begins to emerge.
- At Level 2, the processes are in place for consistent and effective risk-reduction activities.
- At Level 3, there are data to confirm successful risk-reduction strategies and continue improvement.
The Essentials may be used as a rapid screening tool, as a self evaluation strategy for facilities wanting to embark upon a quality improvement journey, but also as a basis for governments to help develop an inspectorate system for public and private healthcare facilities.