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There is no one “right way” to use the SRA, but a general path for most users is provided below. The tool has maximum potential early in the design process, using systems thinking, and a multidisciplinary approach. Anyone (design team, healthcare organization, risk management team) can lead the process, but all stakeholders need to be at the table.

There are six components of consideration: infection control, patient handling, medication safety, falls, behavioral health, and security.

Watch the user guide video with “how to” instructions using screen shots

Create an assessment for your project

  • Explore SRA toolkit
  • Assemble your multidisciplinary team
  • Decide how to integrate the SRA with your existing process

Determine relevant Risk components for your project

  • Define your goals and objectives for safety
  • Review resources related to each risk component

Track progress towards objectives with the Safety Alignment Tool

  • Engage leadership
  • Spot ongoing opportunities to align organizational safety strategy with project design

Use the Historical Data Tool to identify areas of risk & vulnerability

  • Understand the importance of assessing and accepting risk
  • Enter historical data for each area of safety
  • Review historical data to identify areas of concern and patterns of vulnerability

Apply evidence-based design with the Design Considerations Tool

  • Discuss design options across risk areas
  • Align design with operational processes
  • Document decisions