A Good Catch, also referred to as a near-miss, is where an error occurs but is caught before it reaches the patient or associate. It may be caught by a person, a detection barrier built into the process or, sometimes, by chance. Good Catch reporting is essential because it allows our organization to identify problems that impact our safety. It provides earlier identification of issues before they become events of harm.
Safety Week is March 12-18, and this year’s focus is on Good Catch reporting. SCL Health has put together a fun contest to promote Good Catches throughout the system. For every validated Good Catch reported in Risk Plus during National Safety Awareness Week, your name will be entered into a drawing. Platte Valley will also do our own drawing for movie coupons.
Why should I report a good catch?
Good Catch reporting is important because they allow the organization to see what problems are impacting your ability to do your job safely. They provide early warnings for earlier identification of issues before they become events of harm. Good Catches are like a two for one deal: they help us see what is not working as well as what is working that enabled us to catch it.
How do I report a Good Catch event?
Good catch safety events are reported through our occurrence reporting system, Risk Plus. There is an incident category specifically for good catch/near miss events.
What should I include when reporting a good catch?
The most helpful information when reviewing these events is a brief description of what happened or what hazard was identified and what you did to correct the problem before something undesirable happened.
What happens after I report a good catch?
Each report is reviewed by the Performance Improvement team. Sometimes more information is needed to better understand the problem and other times the information is filed for tracking and trending of these issues.
Who can report a Good Catch?
YOU CAN! Safety is everyone’s responsibility and reporting these issues is part of that.