Developed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, the Targeted Solutions Tool® (TST)® is a unique online application that helps health care organizations solve some of the most persistent health care quality and safety problems. The TST application is available to all JCI-accredited organizations at no additional cost.
Through a step-by-step process, the TST guides organizations in accurately measuring their actual performance, identifying barriers to excellent performance, and then directing them to proven solutions that are customized to address an organization’s specific barriers.
Hand hygiene TST
According to the World Health Organization, every year hundreds of millions of patients worldwide are affected by health care associated-infections (HAIs). These infections cause thousands of deaths and can results in huge financial losses, such as €7 billion in direct costs and 16 million extra hospital days in Europe.
Improving hand hygiene among health professionals is one of the most effective ways to prevent HAIs, improve patient care, and save billions in direct medical costs. The Hand Hygiene TST has proven effective in helping health care organizations reduce the occurrence of HAIs.
Safe Surgery TST
Studies indicate that approximately 40-60 wrong site surgeries occur each week in the United States alone. Research has shown that, often, there is no one root cause of failure. Such events are frequently the result of a cascade of small errors that penetrate organizational defenses.
The Safe Surgery TST is designed to monitor surgical cases for weaknesses that could result in wrong site surgery, thus speeding up the ability to correct issues with the surgical process without the need to wait for a wrong site surgery incident to actually occur.
Hand-off Communications TST
In many studies, ineffective hand-off communications have been shown to be a primary contributing factor in adverse events. The Hand-off Communications TST facilitates the examination of an organization’s current hand-off communication process, provides a measurement system that produces data that support the need for process improvement processes, and provides guidelines for most appropriate hand-off communication processes.
Preventing Falls TST
Despite widespread attention in many countries to fall prevention within hospitals, patients continue to fall with many of these falls resulting in injury.
Preventing falls, particularly falls with injury, can reduce a health care organization’s costs significantly. In a typical 200-bed hospital, pilot studies have shown that a U.S. hospital using the Preventing Fall TST may save approximately $1 million annually by reducing the number of patient falls.
Download the Targeted Solutions Tool brochure [link to PDF] to learn more about the four TSTs available at no additional cost to JCI-accredited health care organizations.