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Tracers being conducted in clinics

Tracers being conducted in clinics

The more we know, the more power we have to improve patient care and safety.

Tracers are currently being conducted throughout the clinics by staff who have volunteered and have attended the Tracer Academy.

What is a tracer?

A tracer is an activity where a surveyor (either a Joint Commission surveyor or an organization’s own staff) traces one patient’s care as they enter the organization until they leave, or traces a specific process like medication management, infection control, environment of care, or point of care waived testing.

Why do we do tracers?

1.   To ensure patient safety, quality care and best outcomes

2.   To evaluate effectiveness of our policies and procedures

3.   To engage staff in looking for opportunities to improve processes

4.   To be certain we are in compliance with The Joint Commission standards and national patient safety goals and ensure we are in continuous survey readiness